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Lord Devlin

By: Justice John Sackar
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Published: 29-10-2020
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 280
ISBN: 9781509923700
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Lord Devlin

Lord Devlin was a leading lawyer of his generation. Moreover, he was one of the most recognised figures in the judiciary, thanks to his role in the John Bodkin Adams trial and the Nyasaland Commission of Inquiry. It is hard then to believe that he retired as a Law Lord at a mere 58 years of age. This important book looks at the life, influences and impact of this most important judicial figure. Starting with his earliest days as a schoolboy before moving on to his later years, the author draws a compelling picture of a complex, brilliant man who would shape not just the law but society more generally in post-war Britain.

Table Of Contents

1. Ab Ovo
2. God's House
3. The Early Years in the Law
4. A Relentless Workload
5. The Celebrity
6. Friends Across the Atlantic
7. Up a Notch
8. Darkest Africa
9. The Return to Normality?
10. Appellate Life
11. Not Quite the Wilderness
12. New Challenges and the Enemy Within
13. Revenge


“The author … has, with meticulous research in a wide range of archives, including Devlin's correspondence with establishment figures on both sides of the Atlantic, produced a balanced picture of a complex personality.” –  Michael Beloff QC, The Times Literary Supplement

“The wide-ranging career of Patrick Devlin, both on and outside the Bench, provides rich material for this biography by Justice John Sackar of the NSW Supreme Court. This is a work of considerable scholarship but emminently readable.” –  Michael Sexton SC, Australian Law Journal

“A diligent recording of the life of one of the most prominent British judges of the last century.” –  Nick Clapham, University of Surrey, The Law Teacher

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