Born on 25 August 1948 he is the son of surgeon St John Michael Clive Birt, who first came to Jersey in 1951, and died a month after his son was sworn-in as Bailiff, and Mairi Araminta Cameron. He has two sisters, Nicola and Caroline Mairi, born in 1951 and 1953 respectively.
He was educated at St Michael’s Preparatory School, Jersey, before attending Marlborough College in Wiltshire. Between 1966 and 1969 he attended Magdalene College, Cambridge where he obtained his MA law degree.
He was called to the English Bar in 1970 following the pupillage he gained with Donald Rattee at Lincoln’s Inn and then Desmond Fennell in Temple.
He practiced as a barrister from 2 Crown Office Row, Temple until 1975. In 1976 he joined Ogier and Le Cornu in Jersey and qualified as a Jersey Advocate in October 1977. From there he was appointed a Crown Advocate in 1987. He remained in private practice with Ogier and Le Cornu until December 1993 where he undertook commercial and trust work as well as litigation.
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