My wife, Nony Ardill, who has died aged 68 from a brain tumour, was a leading human rights lawyer and campaigner for social justice. She was a senior lawyer for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and an adviser to the Commons justice committee. She was also a talented musician and songwriter.

Nony was born in Exeter and brought up in the unconventional, off-grid Dalditch Apiary, near Budleigh Salterton, east Devon, helping her father, Bernard Ardill, tend his 200 hives on Dartmoor. Her mother, Betty Twort, was a potter.

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