Ian Partridge - RIP
13th May 2017
3PB is deeply saddened to announce that, on Tuesday 9 May 2017, Ian Partridge died in his study at his home in Ladywell, after a long period of resisting the debilitating effects of Motor Neurone Disease. He was 61 years old.
Ian was proud of his West Country origins. A Taunton School alumni, he went on to Oxford University to read law at Merton College, and was called to the Bar in 1979. He became 3 Paper Buildings' first ever twelve-month pupil, and conducted many of his cases on the Western Circuit. He swiftly developed a Chancery practice which best suited his intellectual and cerebral prowess, and he stood out as a property litigation barrister who specialised in contentious estates and trust cases.
He went on to become a Deputy Master of the Queen’s Bench, and would often sit as the Practice Master - a role he particularly enjoyed on account of the assistance which it gave to litigants-in-person and those just entering legal practice. His guidance and tremendous learning was also imparted to numerous pupils under his supervision, and they in turn have pursued successful careers at the Bar. His appointment as Deputy Master contributed, in part, to his being known, and referred to affectionately within Chambers, as: "The Master".
Head of Chambers Nigel Lickley said : "Ian will be hugely missed by us. He was very much part of the fabric of our chambers. Ian was an exceptional advocate, and both here and in his private life, he was very good company. Our sympathy, support and prayers go out to his wife Christine, and his children, Toby and Clare".
There will be no funeral. There will be a service to celebrate Ian's life in Temple Church on a date to be announced.