Sir John Drinkwater QC, Master of the Bench, sadly died on Tuesday 13 August 2019. The Inn’s flag was flown at half-mast on Tuesday 20 August in his memory.
Master Drinkwater served in the Royal Navy during and after the War, latterly as Flag Lieutenant to the First Sea Lord. He was called to the Bar in 1957. After joining Chambers at Francis Taylor Building he rapidly became one of the leading practitioners at the Planning Bar and in Parliament, taking silk only 15 years after his Call. He also had a distinguished record of public service, serving as a Boundary Commissioner, Income Tax Commissioner, director of the British Airports Authority and as a Recorder. He was elected a Bencher of the Inn in 1979 and knighted in 1988.
Details of any funeral and/or memorial service will be circulated as appropriate in due course.