Attorneys and Clerks

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

Attorneys and Clerks

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This chapter examines the role of attorneys and law clerks in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. The attorneys and law clerks constituted an inferior group of general practitioners who managed litigation and the mundane affairs of their clients, helping them to find counsel when the nature of their business required it. However, their career structure was related to the degree structure of the Inns of Court such that there was nothing improper about a barrister practising as an attorney or solicitor, or acting as clerk of a court.

Keywords: attorneys; law clerks; legal profession; judicial system; legal history; counsel; clerk

Chapter.  4398 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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