Anthony Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford

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Anthony Maurice Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford, QC (born 1 May 1940) is a British hereditary peer and senior barrister. He inherited the title of 6th Lord Gifford on the death of his father, the 5th Lord Gifford, in April 1961.[1]


Lord Gifford was educated at Winchester College and King's College, Cambridge, was called to the Bar in 1962 and took silk in 1983.[2]

He was a co-founder of the North Kensington Neighbourhood Law Centre, Britain's first law centre. He founded Wellington Street Chambers and was its head for 15 years. He joined 8 King's Bench Walk in 1989 and has been head of Chambers since 2001. In 2006 his chambers relocated to 1 Mitre Court Buildings.[3]

He was Counsel for Paul Hill in the Guildford Four appeals and for Gerry Hunter in the Birmingham Six Appeals.[2]

He was chairman of the Broadwater Farm Inquiry and the Liverpool Eight Inquiry, both of which investigated patterns of alleged racism and discrimination. He represented the family of James Wray at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Cases in which he has been engaged include appeals involving trade unions, libel, contract and tort as well as criminal law. In 1991, he set up a firm of attorneys in Kingston, Jamaica, where he practises in civil and criminal law. He divides his practice between Jamaica and the UK.

He was a prominent member of the anti-apartheid group Lawyers Against Apartheid.[4]

Lord Gifford sat on the Labour benches while in the House of Lords. The passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 removed his automatic right to sit in parliament, and he was excluded permanently on 11 November 1999.[5]

Reparations campaign[edit]

Gifford has campaigned in favour of reparations for slavery.[6] He is a member of the Jamaican reparations commission and has said of the reparations issue: "I would like to see it approached on a Caribbean-wide basis."[7]

Family life[edit]

Lord Gifford married first on 22 March 1965 Katherine Ann Mundy daughter of Dr Max Mundy of 75 Bedford Gardens, London. They divorced in 1988 and had two children:

  • Honourable Thomas Adam Gifford (born 1 December 1967)
  • Honourable Polly Ann (born 31 March 1969)

Lord Gifford married secondly on 24 September 1988 Elean Roslyn Thomas daughter of Right Reverend Bishop David Thomas of Kingston, Jamaica. They divorced and had one daughter:

  • Honourable Sheba Chanel Gifford (born 1992)

Lord Gifford married Tina Natalia Goulbourne daughter of Clement Nathaniel Goulbourne, on 11 April 1998.[1]


  • Where's the justice? A Manifesto of Law Reform; 1985 (Penguin Books); ISBN 978-0140523584
  • Supergrasses in Northern Ireland; 1985 (Liberty); ISBN 0-900137-21-5
  • Report of the Broadwater Farm Inquiry; 1986 (Karia Press); ISBN 978-0946918607
  • Loosen the Shackles: The report of the Liverpool 8 Inquiry; 1989 (Karia Press); ISBN 978-1854650153
  • The Passionate Advocate; 2007 (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing); ISBN 978-1898029885[8]

Title and style[edit]

  • Honourable Anthony Maurice Gifford (1 May 1940–16 April 1961)
  • Right Honourable Lord Gifford (16 April 19611983)
  • Right Honourable Lord Gifford QC (1983– )

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Anthony Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Coat of arms of the Gifford family
A coronet of a Baron
A Panther's Head couped at the neck and affrontée between two Branches of Oak proper
Azure a Chevron between three Stirrups with Leathers Or within a Bordure engrailed Argent pellety
Dexter: a Bay Horse proper charged on the shoulder with a Portcullis Or; Sinister: a Greyhound Argent charged on the body with three Ermine Spots
Non Sine Numine (Not without God's assistance)


  1. ^ a b "Anthony Maurice Gifford, 6th Baron Gifford of St. Leonard's", The Peerage, Person Page 7943.
  2. ^ a b GIFFORD, Lord Anthony Maurice QC. Havers.
  3. ^ 1 Mitre Court Buildings.
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  6. ^ "The legal basis of the claim for Reparations". A paper presented to the First Pan-African Congress on Reparations, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 27-29 April 1993.
  7. ^ David McFadden, "Jamaica revives slavery reparations commission", The Guardian, 1 November 2012.
  8. ^ The Passionate Advocate, Wildy & Sons Ltd.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Gifford
Baron Gifford
Heir apparent:
Hon. Thomas Gifford