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Face to face: Alured Darlington

Seven career changes mean the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year has almost done it all, but there is no let up yet even after passing his retirement age

14 September 2007

For most people, reaching retirement age is the opportunity to drop down a gear and start taking things a bit more slowly, maybe take up something new or do something one has been wanting to do for a long time, like painting or travelling. In the case of Alured Darlington, who won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award earlier this summer, this was the chance to embark on a second career as a lawyer. In fact, this was the seventh career change in a professional life which saw Darlington, accidental Samaritan and tireless learner, work on almost all sides of the profession, latterly as a criminal defence lawyer taking on highly unusual cases.

The beginnings were not necessarily auspicious or easy. The future Lord Denning may have been a long time friend of his father’s but the young Darlington mer...

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