Sir Louis Blom-Cooper is a leading figure in public law and renowned human rights advocate. He chaired the Mental Health Act Commission from 1987-1994 and is well known for his regulatory work, particularly as Chair of the Press Council (now the Press Complaints Commission). He was also counsel to the Saville Inquiry acting for the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. Blom-Cooper was involved in the foundation of Amnesty International in 1961, and is currently a patron of Prisoners Abroad, a registered charity which supports Britons who are held overseas. He is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
In his Foreword to Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy. The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer, Sir Louis Blom-Cooper, QC condemns this `episode of the Great War’:
- `A lamentable tale ... of political bigotry and social ostracism, born out of nationalistic hostility, partisan politicism and an undercurrent of anti-semitism.’
- `The Committee’s conclusion ... that Sir Edgar’s conduct fell foul of the statutory provision of `disloyalty or disaffection’ was a total failure to apply a legal mindset to an odd phraseology.’
- `The case of Sir Edgar Speyer ... reflected no credit on a legal system that had always prided itself on protecting the individual against the might of the State.’
The foreword appeared in the Michaelmas edition 2013 of the Middle Templar magazine.