Sir Robert Morton, as well as being a Member of Parliament, has the reputation of being the finest criminal barrister in England. This makes him just the kind of man to handle such a challenging case as young Ronnie Winslow's. Such an elevated position in public life has given Sir Robert an overwhelming sense of his own importance, and as such, he comes across as more than a little arrogant. Though this is just the kind of character trait one often needs to make a successful career at the Bar and in politics. And Sir Robert's supreme self-confidence is rather reassuring to the Winslows as it gives them hope that he'll be able to exonerate the poor, unfortunate Ronnie.
But Sir Robert's character proves to be a good deal more complex than the initial picture would suggest. Despite his casual, almost matter-of-fact air, he displays great passion in making a speech to Parliament on behalf of Ronnie. He also surprises Catherine Winslow by his apparent willingness to jeopardize both his political and legal careers for the sake of her brother. Beneath the arrogant exterior of the wealthy, entitled aristocrat, beats the heart of a man with a genuine passion for justice.