Let Right Be Done: The Life and Times of Bill Simpson is the intriguing story of an Ottawa man who lives and works for others: his family, his clients, his colleagues and the general public. A brilliant medical malpractice lawyer, he has successfully tackled – at some time during his 50 years in practice – almost every other area of law as well. Because of his integrity and dedication to the fundamental ethics and standards of his profession, Simpson is simply unable to put money ahead of principle, and he ends up spending years in the virtually unpaid field of legal politics and governance. But it pays off in many ways, and uniquely for the people of Ontario, who – unlike in any other jurisdiction in the world – now have the opportunity to hire affordable, educated, licensed and regulated paralegals for traffic offences, low level criminal matters and other cases. Considering, historically, the proportion of mismanaged legal cases where parties cannot or do not hire lawyers either because they are too expensive or too busy, this innovation is also a huge, immeasurable boon to the over-burdened and complex court system.
The concept of “Let Right Be Done” – a British legal term that fits perfectly with Bill's impeccable character – has roots in one of England’s most venerable constitutional documents, the Petition of Right 1628. Its modern Edwardian application is outlined in the riveting true story as told in the movie “The Winslow Boy,” from which this book derives its theme.
Besides dozens of humorous and sentimental legal stories, this book is also a tribute to Bill Simpson’s personal life, a life of family dedication, love and caring, values that permeate every aspect of his existence. He is a wonderful example of what every person should strive to be.