Michael Mansfield KC Lead Trustee of SOS, is one of Britain’s most well known Barristers and was called to the Bar in 1967. He then established Tooks Chambers in 1984 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1989. He now heads Nexus Chambers.
Michael has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals and inquiries in some of the most controversial legal cases the country has seen, particularly where issues of Civil Liberty have arisen.
In 2015 Michael tragically lost one of his daughters, Anna, to suicide and despite the terrible devastation, he was determined something positive should result. This is when he decided, with his wife Yvette Greenway-Mansfield, to form SOS Silence of Suicide, in order that no one should have to suffer in silence from mental health issues and feelings of suicide. Michael is passionate about providing mental health support and suicide awareness
In November 2017, Michael celebrated 50 years at the Bar – a huge achievement.
As Head Trustee and co-founder of SOS, Michael plays an active role in the day to day operations, management and strategy of the Charity, ensuring that its original aims of reducing shame, stigma and silence around mental health and suicide are continued, alongside encouraging honest and open discussion.