Clive Grossman

I was born in London in 1940. My parents were born in England. My mother’s family were from Kiev in Ukraine and my father’s from Lithuania. After WW2, my parents decided to leave England and settled in Rhodesia, together with my self and my sister Nadia. My father was a carpenter and my mother a furrier. I married Ketty Avzaradel from the Congo. There were many Sephardis in the Congo, originally from Rodos (Rhodes Island) in the Mediterranean.We left Zimbabwe in !983 and settled in Hong Kong. Our children and grandchildren all live in England.

Editor : Clive launched his autobiography “From Hackney to Hong Kong—The Story of a Lucky Man” on 11 June 2021 at Parkside Chambers.  HKU Faculty of Law, the book is the anecdotal story of Clive Grossman SC and his travels from his birthplace in Hackney in London during the Second World War to what was then Southern Rhodesia.  He describes his life in Rhodesia and what later became Zimbabwe, growing up there, schooling, working as a clerk then university in Cape Town, practice at the Bar, his time in the military, and eventually his trip to Hong Kong which resulted in an invitation to work in the Attorney General’s Office and a life thereafter at the Hong Kong Bar.

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