Andrew Hopper QC died on Wednesday 25 July. He was one of the first solicitor QCs, author of many books dealing with the regulation of the profession, a former member of the Law Society’s Regulatory Affairs Board and a former chairman of one of its regulatory committees.
Andrew was a resolute, resourceful, committed and highly respected defender of solicitors facing disciplinary action from the Solicitors Regulation Authority and before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and a proud member of the solicitors’ profession. If you were unfortunate
enough to be facing disciplinary action, Andrew Hopper QC was the solicitor you needed. Some of his work was done pro bono. He was also one of my constituents when I was Law Society Council member for South Wales and a man I knew for more than 35 years.
On 27 April Cardiff and District Law Society awarded Andrew the Simon Mumford Memorial Award, which has been given annually since 2015 to a South Wales lawyer for services to the law and the legal profession. He was nominated by Cardiff Law School, for which I work. Andrew was too ill to attend the dinner at which the award was made. The last I heard of and from him, at the beginning of July, he was in hospital and gravely ill.
The profession was lucky to have had Andrew as a member and he and his valuable work will be sorely missed by many solicitors throughout England and Wales.
David Dixon, Law Society Council member for South Wales constituency 2006-2018