Sidney Leigh

Ian Bowie on Sidney Leigh and the previous generation of clerks

Ian Bowie: Fred [Watts] was Sidney’s senior clerk when Sidney was a young man. I knew of Fred Watts but that was long before my time. John Glazebrook was my senior Clerk in 6 Pump Court was, and he was a contemporary of Sidney’s – Sidney Leigh’s and his senior clerk before him was Bill Russell, who clerked Guy Aldous. So they go back a few generations, so I didn’t know Fred Watts but I’d heard stories. I knew Sidney when he retired, he lived in a place called Enfield, North of London, and every year I used to have to take up, because I was great friends with John Call, a big ham to Sidney and it was his Christmas present from one of the barristers in chambers. So we all knew each other for many years, but those days were very sedate and clerks now have to be considerably sharper and quicker than their counterparts. So I’m not saying that those chaps weren’t really good at what they did, for their time, they were the right people.
Sidney Leigh