On 19 November 2017, Israel Aaron Maisels, QC, known to many as Isie,* would have turned 112. Having retired from the Bar in 1992, at the age of 87, Isie’s legacy lives on – not only for the Chambers and Groups that proudly carry his name, but because he is remembered as one of the finest advocates to have emerged from our ranks. In the 61st year since the Treason Trial, Isie’s leadership will forever be memorialised in the letter penned by the struggle stalwarts he represented which hangs in the foyer of the building which bears his name. Of him, they said: “throughout the long dreary years of our trial we have been proud to have been defended by you, not only because we know that in you we have had the best defence that this land could supply, but we have been proud because we know of the magnificent legal battles you have fought to preserve the rule of law, to prevent it from being whittled away by the unscrupulous machinations of the Government”. The Maisels Group is proud to carry his name and legacy and to continue the finest traditions of the Bar which Isie’s life exemplified throughout his extraordinary career.
* In preparing this, it was brought to our attention that there is a common misconception about such a well-known man! “Isie” is the correct spelling, not “Issy” as many think.