Tributes have been paid to a flamboyant and popular Sheffield barrister who has died suddenly.
Barristers and judges past and present gathered for a eulogy at Sheffield Crown Court to remember Philip Bingham, who was in his early 60s.
It is believed he was suffering from heart disease.
Mr Bingham, of Wilson Road, Hunters Bar, was called to the bar in 1975 and was experienced in crimimal, civil and family law.
Chris Neale, on behalf of the bar, said Mr Bingham was a ‘fine advocate’ and an ‘intoxicating jury charmer’.
He said Mr Bingham loved opera and enjoyed gardening and attending the holy week processions in Seville, Spain. Judge Julian Goose QC, The Honorary Recorder of Sheffield said: “He was one of the best advocates of his time. Many a jury was impressed with his skill in cross examination.”
Judge Goose said Mr Bingham was a talented musician and had been musical director of Stannington Brass Band for many years.
He mainly prosecuted criminal cases until he was convicted of tax fraud himself in 2006 - when his ‘professional life took a course he would not have chosen’ said Judge Goose. “Our condolences to his family, close friend Jonathan and his other friends,” the judge added.