R.H Hickling is not a name familiar to even lawyers.
But he was a prolific lawyer who lives a full life.
This memoir is a quick romp of his life as a combatant in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, as a lawyer in private practice, in government service, and in academia.
An interesting tale is his participation in convoy PQ 17 to supply Russia during World War 2. Under heavy attacks by German U boats and bombers, only 11 of 35 or 36 ships reached Russia.
A book of this debacle by David Irving published by Cassell and Co resulted in the celebrated judgment of Cassell and Co Ltd v Broome (on exemplary damages) when Commander Broome the senior officer of the escort of six destroyers sued for libel.