Nuremberg lawyer Lord Shawcross dies

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Lord Shawcross, Britain's chief prosecutor at the Nazi war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, died yesterday at his home in Sussex, aged 101.

He became one of the country's most famous lawyers during a career spanning more than 50 years, both at the Bar and at Westminster, serving as Attorney General in the postwar Labour government. He was MP for St Helens from 1945 to 1957, and held a cabinet role as President of the Board of Trade.

Born Hartley William Shawcross in 1902, he attended Dulwich College, the London School of Economics and the University of Geneva before studying for the Bar at Gray's Inn. He helped to found Sussex University, and held directorships of companies including EMI, Hawker Siddeley and Rank Hovis McDougall.

He is survived by his third wife, Monique, and his children, William, Joanna and Hume.