Robert Edgar Megarry 1910–2006

Stephen Cretney

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 153 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VII

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264348
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734250 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Robert Edgar Megarry 1910–2006

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Robert Edgar Megarry (1910–2006), a Fellow of the British Academy, had a career in the law unmatched in its distinction, breadth, and diversity. He not only achieved an outstanding reputation as a practising barrister and then, for nearly twenty years, as a High Court judge, but also made what has rightly been described as an ‘immeasurable’ contribution to the law as scholar, teacher, and author. Megarry was born in Croydon, the elder son of Robert Lindsay Megarry and Irene Clark. He entered Trinity Hall at Cambridge University in 1929. It was A. L. Goodhart, editor of the prestigious Law Quarterly Review since 1926 and latterly Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford, who had been one of those who encouraged Megarry to seek call to the Bar. Writing and teaching were among the traditional ways in which newly called barristers supplemented earnings from meagre practices, and Megarry was exceptionally well qualified for both these activities. His attitude of judicial restraint is now often regarded as dated.

Keywords: Robert Edgar Megarry; British Academy; law; barristers; judicial restraint; High Court; A. L. Goodhart; Law Quarterly Review

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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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