The Profession of Law

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI:
The Profession of Law

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This chapter studies Motilal’s first attempts as a civil lawyer in the city of Allahabad. It emphasizes the difficulties all barristers experienced during the late nineteenth century. It then notes that unlike most of his peers, Motilal became a successful civil lawyer fairly quickly. This was due to his persuasive advocacy, natural shrewdness, and sound common sense. The next section presents some of his past cases, which were usually about disputed succession to property. It then distinguishes Motilal from the other lawyers of his day by noting that his income went hand-in-hand with his expenditures. Some of the things Motilal spent generously on were the education of his children and nephews, and his estate house, ‘Anand Bhawan’. The chapter ends with a description of some of the activities that Motilal liked to do during his spare time.

Keywords: civil lawyer; first attempts; barristers; past cases; disputed succession to property; expenditures; income

Chapter.  3056 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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