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to-morrow.' There were subjects which required discussion considered at all in the matter. That was not a proof of the in order that the council Inight be made aware of what influence they possessed. practitioners bad to contend against in conducting their The PRESIDENT remarked, for the information of the meetcli-rito' business. He should like also that their attention ing, that the council bad been consulted with regard to the should he direc'ed to the continual changes which were building, and a large committee of the council had met Mr. being made. It was nothing but learning and unlearning. Street, and had asked for improved accommodation for soliciWhat could have been better than the Common Law Pro tors in the rooms, corridors, and library. Mr. Street had no cedure Act ? No revolution was required, though many authority to give a definite answer to their application. The things might have been changed and improved. There was council bad also been consalted with regard to the conveui. no necessity for repealing it and for amalgamating all the ence of solicitors in court, and as to the means of getting rid business as was now the case. He would like that the of the horrible “ well” which existed, and they had council should take some steps with the view of ascertaining been told that one of these days a smaller court and a larger the opinions of solicitors on these points, and that they court would be fitted up experimentally, and they would be should then recommend to the proper authorities what course | asked for suggestions with regard to it. He did not think it should, in their opinion, be taken,
was correct to say that the solicitors had no voice as far as
the subject of the building was concerned. Mr. A. CALKIN Lewis thought that the meeting wished Mr. COLLINS could not see that the niotion would cast any for an amendment in the present legal procedure. He sug- slur upon the council. Unfortunately the whole of the gested that a committee should be appointed, consisting of profession were not members of the society, and it did not members of the society, who should consider the present therefore, represent the entire profession. Every profession procedure, and who would be able to bring up a report to and trade had its representative body, and naturally louked the council, which would deal with a great number of matters to that body to make its views known. If the whole body of which were at present neither more nor less than a solicitors, and not only those who were members of the positive scandal, and which urgently required reforming. society, were to present a petition to the society embodying The gentlemen upon the Legal Procedure Committee really their views, the voice of the solicitors as a profession could knew very little abont these matters. He would refer only be made known to the House of Commons, and throughout to one--the power which was given to the masters, upon the length and breadth of the land. Having referred to a reference, to deal with the costs in any way they considered difficulties and delays which were experienced by solicitors fit, which power was often exercised in a grossly unjust in the transaction of business at the offices, he stated as his madner, and in a way that no judge on the bench opinion that a Royal Commission would be productive of would ever think of. When a judge thought proper to de- the utmost advantage to solicitors. They would be called prive a plaintiff of his costs he acted upon some known prin- upon to give evidence before it, and the working members ciple, but, with the master, a plaintiff might recover a would have an opportunity of making their views heard, and of substantial verdict, and, potwithstanding, might be deprived pointing out where the shoe pinched, and also the reason wby of his costs. Such a committee as he had suggested would costs accumulated. It was by no fault of the solicitors that point out reforms which only needed pointing out in order to costs were so heavy; it was simply the red tapeism of the be adopted.
law which was the cause of it, and which bound the solicitor
fast. They were unable to move hand or foot without the Mr. J. S. RUBINSTEIN asserted that the amendment could
assistance of counsel, and the solicitors were liable for lead to po practical result. There was a motion before them
any defect of judgment, or any error which might be con. suggesting the appointment of a Royal Commission, and the
strued into negligence or gross ignorance ; but if they simply amendment requested the council to support any well-con
employed counsel and gave him a guinea for his opinion, they sidered measure having for its object the promotion of
were relieved of the wbole responsibility. Why should the economy and expedition in litigation. The amendment was
solicitors accept a responsibility for a charge of 68. 8d. when, a reflection upon the council, and practically affirmed that
by making their clients pay a guinea for the opinion of they had not exerted themselves to carry into effect
counsel, it was shifted on to someone else's shoulders ? If these necessary reforms, or to endeavour to bring about an
solicitors were compelled to seek audience by the intervention improvement in legal procedure. He bad prepared an
of counsel, those counsel should at least take a fair share of amendment, as follows : -" That this meeting is of opinion
the responsibility. If solicitors were allowed to address the that the 75th section of the Judicature Act, 1875, should be
court in the conduct of their own cases, he ventured to amended by providing for the adequate representation of soli.
say that at least one half or three-fourths of the expense tors on the council constituted by such section, on the
of litigation would be got rid of. He would not venture ground that their practical acquaintance with the administration of the law would enable them to render valuable
to impate any sordid motives to the members of the bar, assistance in carrying out the objects for which such council
bat many solicitors would vonob for it that in a great was appointed; and that the Council of the Incorporated
number of cases adjournments were permitted to take Law Society should take such steps as they might deem
place which no solicitor would allow. And the result of
this was that the unfortunate olient bad to pay for fresh expedient to effect such amendment.” A Royal Commission
briefing, and for bringing up witnesses again to give their Was appointed only for a particular work, and, when it had reported, there was an end of it. The legal
evidence. These were the matters which onght to be procedure required reform, and a committee had been
broughat to the notice of the Royal Commission, so that they appointed, and would report thereon, and there their
might be brought to understand what were the defects functions would end. But the 75th section of the Judicature
which required remedying. They would never ascertain Act provided for an annual meeting of the Council of Judges
| it from the mouths of the Legal Procedure Committee. to consider these matters, but, as a fact, that council
As he understood it, that committee, which was formed never met; still, that was no reason why they
for the purpose of making proposals for the alteration of should not meet in the future. The fact that the
legal procedure, was composed almost entirely of that Lord Chancellor had appointed a committee to consider
branch of the profession whose interest it was not to questions which the Council of Judges ought themselves to permit the views he had expressed to come before that consider, appeared to bim to be somewhat out of order when
| public. It was incumbent, therefore, upon the solicitors.
publi there was an actual statutory provision that the council
| that they should be properly represented upon that comshould meet once a year to consider these very matters. He
mitttee, and there ooght to be a Royal Commission that therefore, for that reason, would like to propose his own | their views might be made known.. he did not had ikult amendment, and hoped Mr. Crowder would withdraw his with the council; on the contrary, he was of opinion that with that object. The opinion of the meeting might then be the members owed them & debt a gratitude for leaving obtained upon a practical point. The president had stated their business and attending to the affairs of the society. at the last meeting that the society at present occupied a | But the members wished them to lay their views before position of influence such as probably they had not done those who could find & remedy for the disadvantages before. As a practising solicitor he could not agree in this under which they suffered. opinion. Even in the matter of the accommodation provided Mr. D. T. MILLER was firmly convinced that, neither at at the new Law Courts, the solicitor was placed in a wholly judges' chambers, nor at the courts and offices, did the inferior position to that occupied by members of the bar. solicitors receive the consideration to which they were enSplendid provision was made for the accommodation and titled ; but a strong line of demarcation was drawn comfort of the barristers, whilst the solicitors were scarcely between them and the bar, which it seemed to be impossible to bridge over. The time had come when Chamberlain, and an interview had been bad with him their position ought to be improved. Solicitors above apon the subject, and a draft report had been prepared all others knew best what reforms were required, and bġ the committee. they ought to be consulted and their views ascertained Mr.T. H. DEVONSHIRE was very pleased at hearing what had in the matter. They were desirous that that un fallen from the president. He thought it would be a good deserved opprobrium which had clung to them for so long plan to adjourn the meeting until the report of the Legal should be removed. No one would contradict for a single Procedure Committee had been presented, and leave it to the moment the first part of the motion, that it was the duty of council in the meantime to remain in communication with the solicitors to promote economy and efficiency in the adminis. committee with the object that solicitors might be adequately tration of the law. Neitber could anyone object to the soli- represented. If this course were adopted he would like the citor being fairly paid for the work he did ; but there was a council to take some steps in order to ascertain what the much larger question which ought to be considered, which views of the profession really were. The president had sug. was the promotion, not only of their own interests, but of gested a course which could not but be most acceptable to those of the great body of the public who was compelled to the meeting, but he would like the council to take steps enter into litigation. The latter part of the amendment re to ascertain fully and clearly the views of solicitors, and quested the council to support all well-considered measures particularly of those members of the profession who had to tending to further these objects. He must take objection engage in the practical part of the work day by day, at to that, because it went to imply that the council the offices and at the courts, and who, from their own experihad not hitherto taken all well.considered measures ence, were in a position to point out what the defects of the with this view. He ventured to think that they had done present procedure were, and who would be able probably to offer all that lay in their power with this object. But the meet valuable suggestions as to remedies for the defects in question. ing were desirous of strengthening their hands. They did The council could readily, if they thought it desirable, call not wish to act in opposition to them, but to support them before them any members of the solicitor branch of the proin their efforts. The passing of an abstract resolution with fession they might suppose to be more particularly qualified regard to the 75th section of the Judicature Act was not to furnish them with information upon the subject, and what the meeting wanted, for he would prefer that it should | possibly it might be thought proper to adopt this course stand adjourned for a fortnight in order that the council before calling a general meeting. It was very desirable might have an opportunity of considering the matter and of that a general meeting should be convened, but it was letting the members know how they could meet together as extremely diffi sult to go into matters of detail or to take up a body, and give expression to the views they entertained particular points at a general meeting. He would suggest with regard to the different subjects which came before the | for the consideration of the council whether it would not be profession and before Parliament from time to time. The | a good plan to have at least one general meeting yearly, in council would then become acquainted with the views of the addition to the ordinary annual meeting. This would be whole body of their constituents and would bave the advantage likely to conduce to a more clear and complete understanding of their support, and they would receive a very visible ac between the council and the members of the society being cession of strength if some such process as he had sug arrived at. gested were adopted. It would enable them to go to the Mr. J. PERRY GODFREY observed that a great deal had Lord Chancellor, or the House of Commons, or the Govern been said with respect to the status of solicitors and their ment of the day with a very great deal more power than was reception in different places in connection with the carrying at present tbe case. They would be able to urge that they out of their professional work. The meeting knew perfectly were not only bringing forward their own opinion, but that well that law emanated principally from the judges, assisted of the whole great body of solicitors, and that this opinion materially by the members of the bar and, in some instances, was valuable, and they might impress upon them the desira of the solicitor branch of the profession. If the judges bility of giving effect to the views wbich were expressed. The and barristers had bad, in the first instance, the ex. effect would be that much greater attention would be paid perience of the solicitors, they would better understand to the representatives of the society, the wishes of the pro the procedure, and be able more readily to lay down regula. fession would be made known, and great good would result, tions which would be of much better service than those not only to them, but to the public at large.
handed down under the Judicature Act. He was not present The PRESIDENT remarked that Mr. Miller had to a at the last meeting, but he urged the members not to accept certain extent invited the council to express an opinion, what acoording to the report in the SOLICITORS' Journal apand he had prepared himself by speaking to some of the peared to have been the result of that meeting. At the last annual members of the council in order that he might make general meeting a resolution was passed to the effect that the time known to the meeting what that opinion wag. It was to had arrived for the council to seek parliamentary legislation the effect that until the report of the Legal Procedure with the object of giving to solicitors the same facilities that Committee was issued the subjeot could scarcely be were enjoyed by the bar at the present time. At the annual
ussed. The report might suggest everything provincial meeting at Sheffield a similar resolution, but that the meeting required or, on the other band, it might stronger in its terms, had been passed, because it was be very deficient. Would it not be taking a common acknowledging the suggestion made by the council that it sense view of affairs to wait until the report was presented ? was their intention to bring a measure into Parliament with He would promise the meeting that a copy of the report
that object. The society bad now arrived close upon its next should be immediately sent to each member of the society,
annual meeting, and he believed communications had passed and that they should be asked to make suggestions upon
between the council and the Inns of Court, and that the it. The council bad anthorized him to pledge them that
council were inclined to accept the proposals of the Inos of they would call an extraordinary meeting to consider it.
Court-namely, that solicitors who had passed the prelimi. He had no wish to stop the discussion, but as Mr. Miller | nary exam
nary examination should be called to the bar upon passing had given him the opportunity by asking the question, he
the bar final examination, after having kept terms for one ventured to make known what the council had authorized
year. He would like to see the same advantages extended to him to promise.
solicitors as were given to the bar, which he believed would Mr. MILLER observed that his remarks had cot been
have the effect of raising the status of the solicitor branch to a confined to the report of the Legal Procedure Committee,
much higher degree than anything else that could be done. but there were other subjects be would like to see
From the president's address at Sheffield he inferred that the considered. For instance, there was the Bankruptoy Bill.
Inns of Court had returned a negative answer to the comThat was a matter be would like to see discussed in the
munications of the council, and the Inns of Court had rehall of the society. It affected a very great number of the
turned no answer at all to their subsequent communication; members of the profession and of the public, and, there.
but now, at any rate, they seemed inclined to make a little fore, although he was exceedingly obliged to the president,
concession ; but be trusted the council would not accept any what he had suggested did not quite meet his views.
concession unless it was exactly similar to that which they The PRESIDENT remarked that the council had appointed
had granted to the bar. The concessions made by the Inns a committee to consider the whole subject of the Bank.
of Court applied only to those solicitors who kept terms for ruptcy Bill. That committee had been very hard at work
one year who had passed the Incorporated Law Society's for the last six months, as he himself knew, for he had
preliminary examination. That examination was instituted devoted much time to it.
| in 1865, therefore the senior members of the solicitor branch The suggestions wbich bad would be entirely sbut out from the concession, and been made by the committee had been laid before Mr. I have to pass a schoolboy's examination before they cou
derive any advantage from it. If the council were to adopt amendment would be before them as a substant.va motion the measures suggested by the Ions of Court, they would be and Mr. Kimber could move the adjourament, acting unjustly towards the senior members of the branch of Mr. CROWDER observed that the remarks bota of Mr. the profession to which they belonged.
Kimber and the chairman went to carry out what the meetMr. JOSEPH More thought it not unreasonable to require
ing were desirous of obtaining. He was desirous that the that a person should have passed the preliminary examina
meeting would not rush too hastily into any action as they tion, but suggested that the objection which had been raised |
might upset everything. He would not allow his amend. should be met by making the rule apply only to the future, I ment to stand in the way if Mr. Kimber withdrew his and that it should not be retrospecive in its action. He
resolution and the president's suggestions were carried into thought that the mere fact of a person having already
effect. attained the status of a solicitor ought to be considered as a Mr. KIMBER thought that if the motion and amendment proof that the council, whose passport he was compelled to were withdrawn the influence of th , meeting would be lost, hold, had exercised sound judgment with regard to his and the public would naturally ask what they had met about fitness to be a member of the profession. In his opinion, a and what they had been discussing. If they withdrew the solicitor of ten years' standing ought not to be required to motion and amendment they would be in a state of vacuum. pass the bar final examination before he could practise as a The PRESIDENT said they would be a state of vacuum barrister.
until after the issue of the report of the Legal Procedure Mr. S. J. DEBENHAM thought there had been a great
Committee. deal too much comparison of solicitors and barristers, and
Mr. J. E. Fox felt certain that no one intenisl ti blame it had been said that solicitors did not occupy a proper
the council. The feeling was that solicitors could not position in the estimation of the public, or meet with proper continue to hear the opprobrium which was heaped upon attention at the courts of justice. He could not agree with them by the outside public. Now that an opportunity prethe first part of that proposition, for at the present day & sented itself, something should be done with it. Solicitors lawyer's letter had just as much influence as it had fifty did not occupy the same position, nor were they treated with years since. He considered the solioitors held a very the same respect as were the members of the bar. His proper position in connection with the public, and were
experience of judges' chambers was, however, that there, of treated with proper respect and regard. With reference
all places, the solicitor was treated as a gentleman. The to their reception at the courts by the officials, he must
judge himself treated the solicitor properly and he was so say with respect to one class of those gentlemen, and that
treated by the officials in the presence of the judge. It the highest, that no solicitor would voluntarily, if he
would be a great injustice to the solicitor branch if the could spare his managing clerk to take his place, go before
council were to adopt the suggestions of the Ions of Court. a judge in chainbers, anless he knew what judge was
Their ranks had been thrown open to the members of the going to preside. Some of them made it a practice to
bar. What benefit had been derived from this that solicitors constantly snub the solicitor. But he had experienood no
should accept from the Inns of Court anything less in want of courtesy from the ioferior officers, and he thought
return ? The blame for the heavy costs of litigation which this was a matter which depended very much upon the
was thrown upon the solicitors should be properly placed on solicitors themselves. He had been informed by a friend
the shoulders of the barristers. They took the fees ; but that he had handled and seen a brief in an important
did they do the work ? And were they liable in any way,
as was the case with the solicitor, for neglect ? Certainly action of trespass wbioh bad been delivered one hundred
not. This was the fault of the solicitors themselves in years since, and wbich was indorsed “ Her Majesty's
The council had done their duty, but Attorney-General, foor gaineas, two guineas.”
some measure. At that
the solicitors had not opened their mouths to assist in time solicitors' fees were what they were at present,
the work. He asserted that the solicitor and the barrister barristers' fees were now what the meeting know of. As
ought to be placed on the same footing. The solicitor was regarded the remark that had been made to the effect
in every way as well qualified to conduct his case as was that the council and the society did not represent the
the barrister, and ought to have an opportunity of doing so if solicitor branch of the profession, he could not consider
it was the wish of his client. He did not say that he should it jastified or well founded, because it was said that the
be allowed to go against the wish of his client in the matter. majority of the profession did not belong to it. All that
Mr. C. A. Betts thought that the subject had been could be said was that the profession did not represent
thrashed out and moved the previous question, but was ruled the society, not that the society did not represent the out of order by the president, there being an amendment profession. It was a part of the profession, and perhaps already before the meeting. the most important part, and he did not know what better Mr. F. R. PARKER asked the president, as representing could be done tban to leave its constitution as it was. The
the council, to say whether they would object to a committee meeting would be quite safe in leaving the subject in the being appointed from the members of the society for the purhands of the council, who seemed inclined to do the best pose of receiving and considering suggestions on the various they could for solicitors.
points which had been discussed at the meeting and then Mr. KIMBER was desirous of withdrawing his motion in
communicate them to the council ? They would then have consequence of the remarks which had been made by the
before them the views of those who had not yet had an president, and of moving that the meeting should adjoorn
opportunity of being heard, and the council would be able to to another day. It was exceedingly desirable that the
receive a digest of these suggestions before acting upon them, discussion of the objects the meeting had in view should
and so be able to take some proper step which might seem be kept alive, as it was at present, in the eyes of the
right as regarded the matter. He certainly was of opinion public. He had received several congratulatory letters
that the solicitor branch was not adequately represented from members of Parliament expressing their pleasure
on the Legal Procedure Committee. He could not believe that the meeting bad been called ; and he was sure those
that a committee which was empowered to regulate common gentlemen felt that the Legal Procedure Committee, as at
law, chancery, probate, and perhaps bankruptcy practice present constituted, was not a publio advantage. As for
could be properly constituted when there were only two
solicitors upon it. They were entitled to a larger represejthe argament wbicb Mr. Crowder had advanced that the
tation and ought to have it. He very much wished the solicitor branch bad arrived at a crisis, he would only
council would meet the members more frequently and give say that it would never do to pass a resolution during a
them an opportunity of expressing their views, and he crisis, and such a resolution as that proposed, wbioh simply
| thought the council would be able to speak with greater expregned an abstract idea. The publio would at onoo | authority if this were the case. He might mention an say, “You have a fine opportunity, what are you going to instance which bad struck him forcibly. The council predo with it?”
1018 crisis should be taken very seriously
This crisis should be taken very seriously sented a petition to Parliament with regard to the aboliti in into consideration, An opportunity had presented itself of the Chief Justiceship of the Common Pleas and the office such as the solicitors never had offered to them before, of Chief Baron of the Exchequer. That memorial was put and if they failed to make use of it they would deserve forward as the memorial of the Incorporated Law Society of to remain under the stigma which the pablic and the the United Kingdom, but he believed it never came before prese seemed to be delighted to cast upon them.
the members or beyond the doors of the council room. If The PRESIDENT remarked that if Mr. Kimber would with. rumour spoke truly, it was a memorial of a majority of the draw his motion by leave of the meeting, then Mr. Crowder's I council, not the unanimous memorial of the whole.
The PRESIDENT stated that, as a matter of fact, the Kimber's motion bad been pretty well dealt with by the memorial was unanimous.
various speakers, and Mr. Crowder's amendment ought not Mr. PARKER said that in that case the statement which had to be passed because it cast a slur upon the council. Theappeared in the public papers ought to have been corrected. It president had promised that they should be called together went forth to the public at large as the memorial of the again, and the members would be acting wisely in accepting society, whilst it certainly was the memorial of the council the offer of the council. If they did not do so, they would alone. One subject he would more particularly mention, have no right to complain if the council modified their course which affected greatly those solicitors who had to deal with hereafter. election business. There was a Bill before Parliament Mr. E. W. HAINES did not know that anyone could which bad for its object the reforming of the whole practice
point to a single Act of Parliament which had been carried of elections, and the question that affected them was that
on a resolution of a Royal Commission. If the solicitors of the privilege of solicitors, whether it existed or not, and
were desirous of getting any Acts of Parliament passed in whether it ought to exist or not. The commissioners had
their favons, they could only do so by pressure. They had stated that there was no such thing as privilege of any sort
plenty of power if they chose to exercise it, and it was no with them, and that solicitors were not exempt from this
use to wait for support from anyone else. Pablic opinion roling. He had been advised by counsel that this was not
was ripe for the admission of solicitors to the bar, and if the case, and that the privilege of solicitors undoubtedly
they, as solicitors, insisted upon this point, they would obtain existed. If a client had a petition presented against him, it
it, but if they idled about with Royal Commissions they was obvious that it was necessary for him to tell the whole
would get nothing. If the meeting decided to adjourn, truth to bis solicitor, who would also have to ascertain what
some steps should be taken to bring the matter before the evidence it was necessary to produce, How could this be
public, either by articles in the newspapers or by some other done if the solicitor was liable to be compelled to repeat
means. what the witnesses had told him ? In all other matters the
Mr. INDERMAUR strongly objected, after they had met client relied on the communications which passed between him and the solicitor being absolutely secret, and not to be
twice and turned the hall into a debating room, to separating divulged ; but under the Bill, solicitors were to be compelled
without coming to a resolution. That would be to a certain to make known before commissioners that which they had
extent to cast a slur on the council. Some reasonable resolearned in their professional character. Again, any solizitor
lution ought to be passed, expressing their confidence in the who happened to be scheduled in the commission, and found
council and their wish to strengthen their hands. It would guilty of bribery, could not be deprived of his vote until he
be absurd to adjourn the meeting with a resolution like that bad had an opportunity of being heard in answer to the
of Mr. Kimber's upon the paper, and to bring it forward
when the report of the Legal Procedure Committee had been charge, but, supposing him to be an election agent, he could
issued. A fresh meeting ought to be held. not, for seven years, engage in the slightest election business, whether he was guilty or not. He had no notice of the
Ur. MILLER observed that if the meeting were adjourned charge and no opportunity of being heard, but, if he was as the president had suggested, they would simply have scheduled, the consequences he had referred to immediately before them at some future time the report of the Legal followed. As an individual meinber of the society he Procedure Committee, and the subjects which bad been thought they were much indebted to Mr. Kimber for the | referred to, and which were not included in the matters to trouble he had taken in bringing forward this discussion.
be deliberated upon by the committee, wonld not be conMr. RUBINSTEIN, having regard to the remarks that had sidered. He would have liked to have heard from the been made by the president, moved that the meeting do | council whether some method could not be devised by which adjourn to another day to be settled by the council.
the various opinions which had been expressed with regard Mr. KIMBER was willing to accede to this course, upon the to the relation of the two branches of the profession, and distinct understanding that the report should be circulated other matters, should have fuller and further discussion, so amongst the members as soon as it was received, in order | that they might arrive at something tangible. At present that they might have an opportunity of making suggestions
they proposed to separate without doing anything at all. upon it.
The PRESIDENT remarked that the annual meeting would The PRESIDENT thought he was in a position to pledge I be held on the 8th of July, and anyone was at liberty to the council as to this. The only question was one of time. suggest what ho pleased at that meeting, and that would be The council would have to receive the suggestions before the best time for considering general subjects. If it were fixing the time of meeting. The latest information the deemed necessary, the council would call an extraordinary council had with regard to the report was that the com meeting for the same day and hour as the annual meeting mittee would have at least two more meetings, and that the to consider the report of the committee, in order that there report was not yet even in draft. That was about a week might be no delay. ago and was authoritative.
The motion for the adjournment was carried, and the Mr. FORD urged that the meeting should come to some proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the presimoderately reasonable resolution recognizing the valuable dent, moved by Mr. KIMBER and seconded by Mr. MUNTON. services which had been rendered by the council, and at the same time recognizing the feeling of the meeting that the suggestions made ought to be carried out, and the sooner tbe better. The president had given them a very valuable assurance, for which they were very much indebted. He LAW STUDENTS' JOURNAL. had told them that, as soon as the report was issued, he would send a copy to every member of the society, and that LAW STUDENTS' DEBATING SOCIETY. they would be summoned together in special meeting to consider and deal with the report. It appeared to him that
Tuesday, May 24.- Mr. Bower in the chair,--Messrs. J. H. almost every question brought forward to-day might be
Grant, J. W. B. Stanley, and Mr. T. 0. Jackson were elecconsidered deliberately with the report before them. He
ted members. The report of the committee appointed on urged them not to adjourn without coming to a resolution,
the 5th of April last to consider the rules of the society or they would be told that they had talked for two days and
was laid before the meeting, and it was resolved that the bad done nothing, and that they had simply made a mistake
proposed new rules annexed to such report be printed for by calling the meeting before the report of the Legal Pro
circulation prior to the discussion to be held thereon, The cedure Committee had been issued.' He would have liked
society then proceeded with the discussion of the question them to have passed the following resolution :-" That this
appointed for debate: “ Does the trustee of a bankrupt lessee meeting, in view of the statements made by the president,
estop himself from disclaiming the lease by severing and expresses satisfaction at the recent efforts made by the
selling the fixtures?" Mr. Green opened the debate in the governing body of the society to secure a reduction in the
affirmative, and a discussion followed, in wbich Messrs. Bircost of litigation and to simplify the process of law, and
kett, Kirk, Fox, and Neale took part. Mr. Green then reurges the council to continue its labours in order to reform
plied, and the president having summed up, the question was those detects in legal procedure of which solicitors of
put to the meeting and decided in the negative. Next the Supreme Court, as practical lawyers, are the best
Tuesday, the 31st inst., a debate, to be opened by Mr. Munjudges."
ton, on the Goveroment Bankruptcy Bill will take place. Mr. R. TCDD seconded the motion for the adjournment, and thought it would be a great mistake to act hastily. Mr. !
¡ dergast is the youngest son of the late Mr. Michael LEGAL APPOINTMENTS.
Prendergast, Q.O., recorder of Norwich, and judge of the | Sheriffs' Court of the City of London. He was born in 1826,
and was educated at St. Paul's School and at Queen's Mr. E. H. BIGGIN, solicitor, of 61, Chancery-lane, and 80, College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1849. He Delancy-street, Gloucester-gate, Regent's-park, has been was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in Easter Term, appointed a Perpetual Commissioner for taking the Acknow. | 1856. He was Attorney-General of New Zealand from ledgments of Married Women for the County of Middlesex, 1865 till 1875, when he was appointed Chief Justice of the and also for the Cities of London and Westminster.
colony. Mr. Joan GORRIE, Chief Justice of Fiji, has received the Mr. John WILLIAMS RANDALL, solicitor (of the firm of honoor of Knighthood. Sir John Gorrie was admitted a Brundrett, Randall, & Govett), of 10, King's Bench-walk, member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in 1856. Temple, bas been appointed a Perpetual Commissioner for He was appointed Sabstitute-Procureur and Advocate. taking the Ackoowledgments of Deeds by Married Women General in Mauritius in 1869, and in the following year he
for the County of Middlesex and the Cities of London and became a puisne judge for that colony. He has been Chief Westminster, Justice of Fiji since 1876.
Mr. THOMAS Rees, solicitor, of Cowbridge, has been Mr. GRIFFITH DAVIES Dew, solicitor. of Llangefni and appointed a Perpetual Commissioner for Glamorganshire Menai Bridge, Anglesey, has been appointed a Perpetual for taking the Acknowledgments of Deeds by Married Commissioner for taking the Acknowledgments of Deeds by
Women. Married Women for the County of Anglesey.
Mr. WILLIAM JOHNSTON RITCHIB, Chief Justice of the Mr. JAMES EDGELL, solicitor, of Kingston, has been
Dominion of Canada, has received the honour of Knighthood. appointed Clerk to the Thames Ditton Sobool Board. Mr.
Bir W. Ritchie was born in 1813. He was called to the bar Edgell was admitted a solicitor in 1867, and is clerk to
in New Brunswick in 1838, and he was created a Queen's the Kingston Board of Guardiane, Assessment Committee,
Counsel for that colony in 1854. He became a puisue judge
in New Brunswick in 1855, Chief Jus ice of the colony in and the Rural Sanitary Authority, and superintendent registrar for the distriot.
1865, a puisne judge of the Supreme Court of the Dominion
of Canada in 1875, and Chief Justice of Canada in 1879. Mr. GRIFFITH HUMPHREY Pugu Evans, barrister, has
Mr. WILLIAM WARREN STREETEN, Chief Justice of Sierra been appointed an additional Member of the Council of the
Leone, has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Governor-General of India. Mr. Evans is the son of Mr.
| St. Michael and St. George. The Chief Justice was educated John Evans, of Lovesgrove, Cardiganshire. He was formerly scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated third
at Tunbridge School. He was called to tbe bar at Lincoln's. class in classics in 1862, and he was called to the bar at Lin
inn, in Trinity Term, 1857, and he formerly practised in the
Court of Chancery. He was Queen's Advocate for the West colo's-ion in Trinity Term, 1867.
African Settlements from 1874 till 1880, when he was apMr. FREDERICK JAMES FEGEN, barrister, bas been created pointed Chief Justice of Sierra Leone. & Civil Companion of the Order of the Bath. Mr. Fegen
Mr. WILLIAM CHARLES WEBB, barrister, has been ap. was called to the bar at Lincoln's-inn in Trinity Term, 1869.
pointed to act as Revenue Judge and Chief Presidency Magis. He is a member of the Western Circuit, and he is Naval
trate at Bombay. Mr. Webb was called to the bar at LinCounsel to H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh.
coln's.ion in Easter Term, 1868, and he is Government Pro. Mr. GEORGE FREDERICK GRAY, solicitor, of 30, Ladgate fessor at the Law School at Bombay. Hill, bas been appointed & Commissioner to administer Mr. CHARLES WADE WELBY, solicitor, of Nottingham, Oaths in the Supreme Court of Judicature.
has been appointed a Perpetual Commissioner for Counties Mr. HENRY LELAND HARRISON, barrister, has been ap of Notts and Derby and County of the Town of Nottingham.. pointed to act as Commissioner of Police at Calcutta. Mr. Mr. ROBERT WILLCOCK, solicitor, of Wolverbampton, Harrison was educated at Westminster and at Christ Churcb, has been appointed a Commissioner to administer Oaths Oxford. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's-inn in ) in the Sapreme Conrt of Judicature. Michaelmas Term, 1870, and he has been a member of the Bengal Civil Service since 1860.
Mr. RICHARD NICHOLAS HOWARD, solicitor, of Weymouth DISSOLUTIONS OF PARTNERSHIPS. and Portland, has been appointed a Magistrate for the
HENRY RICHARD COBDEN DANSON and CHARLES KEMBLE, Borough of Weymouth. Mr. Howard was, for some time,
solicitors, 17a, Sweeting-street, Liverpool (Danson one of the borough aldermen, and he is now serving the
& Kemble). May 18.
(Gazette, May 20, 1881.] office of mayor for the second time. He was admitted a solicitor in 1855, and he is one of the coroners for the county
MILTON BRADFORD and ISAAC FARISH, the younger, solici.. of Dorset, and clerk to the Portland Local Board.
tors, 70, Queen Victoria-street, London, and Brampton, Cum. Mr. JAMES MACDONALD has been appointed Chief
berland (Bradford & Farish). May 20.
[Gazette, May 24, 1881.] Justice of the Province of Nova Scotia.
Mr. JOHN THOMAS MARSHALL, solicitor, of Devizes and Marlborongb, has been appointed a Commissioner to administer Oaths in the Sapreme Court of Judioatore.
COMPANIES. Mr. CHARLES LILLEY, Chief Justic of Queensland, has received the honour of Knighthood. Sir C. Lilley was called to tbe bar at Brisbane in 1861. He was for several years a
WINDING-UP NOTICES. puisne judge of the Supreme Court of the colony, and he was
JOINT STOCK COMPANIES. appointed Chief Justice of Queensland in 1878.
LIMITED IN CHANCERY.
DINAS DIU SLATE QUARRIES COMPANY LIMITED.-Petition for Haversordwest, has been appointed Registrar of the Car winding up, presented May 16, directed to be heard before the marthen County Court and District Registry (Circuit No.
M.R., on May 28. Chinnery and Co, Fenchurch st, agents for
Mason, Chester, solicitor for the petitioner 31), to act jointly with tbe present registrar, Mr. Jeremiah ENFIELD STUD AND RACE COURSE COMPANY, LIMITED.-Petition Walter Lloyd. Mr. H. J. Lloyd was admitted a solicitor in for winding up, presented May 3, directed to be heard before the 1865, and has been for several years registrar of the Haver
M.R., on May 14. Rumney, Walbrook, solicitor for the petitioner
GAEWERN SLATE QUARRY COMPANY, LIMITED.-Petition for windfordwest County Court, but has now ceased to practise at
ing up, presented May 12, directed to be heard before V.C. Hall. Haverford west.
on May 27. Gregory, Rowcliffes, and Co, Bedford row, agents Mr. WILLIAM Henry Powell, solicitor (of the firm of
for Davies, Dolgelly, solicitor for the petitioner
THORP'S GAWBER HALL COLLERIES, LIMITED.--Creditors are rePowell & Browett), of Birmingham, has been appointed quired, on or before June 21, to send their names and addresses Perpetual Commissioner for taking the acknowledgements
and the particulars of their debts or claims to Thomas Young of Deeds by Married Women, in and for the County of
Strachan, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. July 1 at 12 is appointed for
hearing and adjudicating upon the debts and claims Warwick.
[Gazette, May 20.] Mr. JAMES PRENDERGAST, Chief Justice of New Zea- AUSTRALIAN MEAT COMPANY, LIMITED. ---Creditors who have not land, bas received the honour of Knighthood. Sir J. Pren- 1 already been allowed as creditors are required, on or before Oct