Douglas Draycott, QC, (1918-97), was Leading Counsel for Satpal Ram. He has been blamed for Ramís conviction by the Free Satpal Campaign and Ram himself - along with virtually everyone else under the Sun bar the real culprit.
In October 2000, the current writer had a long telephone conversation with the clerk * to the late Douglas Draycottís chambers (who stressed that he was not the senior clerk at that time). He described Draycott as a gentleman, very kind-hearted and a first class advocate who thoroughly prepared his work. Draycott was a wonderful character and a bright personality. A flattering (but undoubtedly accurate) portrait of the man and his career was published in a local newspaper in April 1995.
* Later identified as Tony McDaid.
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