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Professors of the LawBarristers and English Legal Culture in the Eighteenth
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David Lemmings

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207214.001.0001

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Practice at the Margins: the Old Bailey and the Colonies

Practice at the Margins: the Old Bailey and the Colonies

(p.203) 6 Practice at the Margins: the Old Bailey and the Colonies
Professors of the Law

David Lemmings

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the origins and growth of a distinctive bar at the Old Bailey. It also shows that the inflation of costs and massive inequality typical of Westminster Hall in the eighteenth century meant that the less fortunate barristers had to look elsewhere to establish a practice. It discusses barristers who went further afield to practise law in the long-standing English dominion of Ireland and the developing British Empire in North America. These men usually expected advantage from their superior status as professors of metropolitan legal culture in a provincial context, and many were also beneficiaries of the imperial patronage system as colonial law officers and judges. The barristers who went to America receive special attention because, like the criminal defence counsel, they were extending some positive aspects of Westminster Hall culture to new pastures.

Keywords:   Old Bailey, Ireland, America, American attorneys, Westminster Hall, British Empire

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