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partner of my firm, Owen Bird, in
1969. I joined the firm in 1971. Our
firm is celebrating its 50th anniversary
John’s son, Michael J. Bird, practised
with Owen Bird as an admiralty
lawyer for most of his career.
D. Barry Kirkham, Q.C.
Re: Richard Peck, Q.C., “Presentation
Made to the Legal Aid
Committee of the CBABC
November 2018 Legal Aid
(2019) 77 Advocate 207
Earlier this year I submitted to
the Advocate the presentation
delivered by Richard Peck, Q.C., at
the Law Society of British Columbia’s
second legal aid colloquium.
Thank you for publishing Mr.
Peck’s speech. It provides an eloquent
reminder of the important
role legal aid plays in supporting
access to justice and upholding the
rule of law.
I also write to bring to your
attention an error in the title of the
article. The title it has been given
attributes the CBABC as the host of
the colloquium. In fact, it was an
event initiated and hosted by the
Law Society of British Columbia.
Nancy G. Merrill, Q.C.
Law Society of British Columbia
In a recent (May 19) copy of the
London Review of Books, an Oxford
letter writer discusses the Calouste
Gulbenkian testamentary provision
for his son and puts forth the
The real significance of
the Gulbenkian case and
most other testamentary
decisions of the courts has
been to confirm that the
first duty of the testators
and their lawyers is to provide
the legal profession
with work. (The second is
to leave enough money in
the estate to pay all the
What a cynic!