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Simon Fish of BMO wins lifetime achievement award

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Honoured for lifetime achievement at 2024 Canadian General Counsel Awards

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Simon A. Fish’s legal baptism by fire took place when he was a young litigator in Johannesburg, South Africa, during apartheid. In a case heavy with racial overtones, Fish represented one of four black men charged with murdering a white farming couple. The men faced the death penalty if convicted.

The 26-year-old lawyer mounted a defence based on facts that were more favourable to his client than to his co-accused; while his client was acquitted in a trial before a judge, the other three were found guilty and later hanged.

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2024-06-22 09:00:03

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