My Haven, Robert Rinder: the criminal attorney and star of ITV’s Judge Rinder, 42, in the living room of his North London home
- Robert Rinder, 42, shares important items in his North London home
- The criminal attorney values the golden hammer that marks the 1,000th case as Judge Rinder
- He also treasures a Montblanc pen given to him by mentor Malcolm Bishop QC
Robert Rinder (pictured), 42, a criminal attorney and star of ITV’s Judge Rinder has shared important items in his North London home
1. ART HOUSE
Art is my passion and before I got on TV I bought a piece of art at the end of every business I worked on. This explosion of color and texture by the incredible artist Robi Walters is made from cut pieces of metal.
I was a legal aid attorney when I bought it so I had to pay in installments. I also have a drawing of a pigeon from Picasso on the other wall that I bought in Saint-Paul de Vence – I love that his pencil hit the rather bad paper it says on.
2. HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
This photo was a gift from a good friend, the rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. It is PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who met with Jordan’s King Hussein in 1998, and is signed by all three.
There is something very powerful about enemies’ ability to shake hands. It is an expression of peace and of the potential for people with a deep history of hatred and violence to come together, even if it ultimately fails – and in this case it has failed.
3. MY MINI-ME
My French bulldog Rocco is very small, but he’s incredibly judgmental. I don’t know where he got that from! Someone once described him as lurid, but I think that’s nice.
His love for me may be unconditional, but he shows most other people his undivided indifference. He’s a bit like a tired aunt at a wedding who’s seen it all before. He sleeps on my bed and snores so loud that I had to buy an advanced form of earplugs.
4. RUSSIAN REMINDER
I bought these dolls, each from a famous writer, in a market before traveling on the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Moscow to Beijing in 2018. It was winter and it was as if I was heading for a mystical Narnia.
I love Russian literature and brought a stack of books. Pushkin, who wrote Eugene Onegin, is my favorite, and I know it’s hard to keep track of who is who in War and Peace, but all human life is in that book.
Robert cherishes a golden hammer given to him on the occasion of his 1000th trial as Judge Rinder
5. GOLDEN GAVEL
This gavel was given to me on the occasion of my 1000th trial as Judge Rinder. I am very proud of the show. Yes, some cases have an element of pantomime, but most are very serious.
I hate that people are snobbish – these are real people with real problems. The core of it is the law, and I care about that. We try to help, explain, highlight challenging problems and find a solution.
6. MENTOR’S MEMENTO
My mentor Malcolm Bishop QC gave me this Montblanc pen. He is the most brilliant and rude man in the world. After I qualified, he was the first person I did serious business with and taught me more than I can ever explain.
He was also a gay member of the bar. Whatever circumstances I find myself in, when I pick up the pen, I wonder, “What would Malcolm do?”