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In the latest update, described in the introduction by Sir David Cannadine, we include the biographies of 226 people who died in 2015, and who left their mark on British national life, from Denis Healey to Jimmy Hill, and Cilla Black to Cynthia Payne
A specialist in family law, Barbara Calvert became the first woman head of chambers (in 1974) and the first woman QC to take a case to the European Court of Human Rights (in 1987).