It is with much regret that we report that Master Veeder (Johnny Veeder QC), sadly died on Sunday 8 March, after a long illness. The Inn’s flag will fly at half-mast tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 March, in his memory.
Master Veeder was called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in 1971. He took Silk in 1986 and was elected a Governing Bencher of the Inn in 2000. A member of Essex Court Chambers and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Master Veeder is “recognised worldwide as one of the most brilliant, visionary and respected counsel, arbitrators, scholars and teachers in the field of international dispute resolution and international law”. A tribute to Master Veeder, written by Toby Landau QC, can be found here.
Master Veeder’s funeral will be family only. A concert of thanksgiving is planned to focus on music and life the date of which will be circulated as soon as known. No flowers please. A charitable fund has been set up in Johnny’s name for Pimlico Opera, a sister company of Grange Park Opera, which supports the arts in prisons and primary schools and of which Master Veeder was a huge supporter. Donations to the Johnny Veeder Fund can be made through the dedicated webpage https://grangeparkopera.co.uk/the-johnny-veeder-fund/ which also has a short tribute to Johnny, photos and a typically forthright but thoughtful piece that Johnny wrote about prisons for the Grange Park Opera programme book in 2019.