History

Law Society steps

On 25th August 1827, a few Liverpool Men gathered in a dusty room in Clarendon Buildings, on the corner of North John Street and Lord Street to discuss a proposed Law Library for Liverpool.  At that time the cost for membership fees in 1827 was £15.  It had long been felt that Liverpool needed a Law Library due to the high prices of law books.  According to the Annual Report of 1829, there were 52 members.  Most of their names now forgotten but some survived until very recently in the names of Liverpool firms.  The first President was Joshua Lace whose name was until recently still reflected in the firm of Berrymans Lace Mawer, now BLM.  Samuel Brabner's name survives in Brabners.  The name of his contemporary founding member, John Holden was reflected until 2001 in the firm of Brabner Holden.  Within six months the fledgling library was sufficiently stocked with books either bought or donated by members.  In 1834, the society's name was changed from Liverpool Law Library Society to the Liverpool Law Society.  By the time the Annual Report of 1893 was printed, there were 348 members and the President was James Alsop whose name survived until recently in the name of the national firm Dibb Lupton Alsop, now known as DLA Piper.  (Extract taken from "A Century of Liverpool Lawyers" written by Noel Fagan, Graeme Bryson and Charles Elston).

Presidents 

1827-1828   Joshua Lace
1828-1829   Geo. Ashby Pritt
1829-1830   John Eden
1830-1831   Richard Radcliffe
1831-1832   M D Lowndes
1832-1833   Ambrose Lace
1833-1834   G J Duncan
1834-1835   Richard Finlow
1835-1836   Thomas Harvey
1836-1837   E G Deane
1837-1838   James Robinson
1838-1839   Thomas Carson
1839-1840   John Eden
1840-1841   Joachim Andrade
1841-1842   R A Payne
1842-1843   Thomas Fisher
1843-1844   John Peacock
1844-1845   Thomas Avison
1845-1846   H H Statham
1846-1847   J B Lloyd
1847-1848   Charles Falcon
1848-1849   Robert Norris
1849-1850   Robert Norris
1850-1851   Peter Wright
1851-1852   G B Carter
1852-1853   W Wareing
1853-1854   John Fletcher
1854-1855   John Whitley
1855-1856   Edward Banner
1856-1857   Ambrose Lace
1857-1858   Henry Jenkins
1858-1859   Henry Bell
1859-1860   Thomas Dodge
1860-1861  Thomas Dodge
1861-1862  William Radcliffe
1862-1863   F S Hull
1863-1864   W A Jevons
1864-1865   W Shuttleworth
1865-1866   A T Squarey
1866-1867   W G Bateson
1867-1868   J Thornely
1868-1869   John Yates
1869-1870   M J Hore
1870-1871   IH E Gill
1871-1872   FD Lowndes
1872-1873   John Atkinson
1873-1874   T E Paget
1874-1875   P F Garnett
1875-1876   E W Bird
1876-1877    H C Duncan
1877-1878   Edward Whitley
1878-1879   William Bartlett
1879-1880   William Stone
1880-1881   A T Squarey
1881-1882  Enoch Harvey
1882-1883   H W Collins
1883-1884   John Hughes
1884-1885   J E Gray Hill
1885-1886   T Bellringer
1886-1887   J H Kenion
1887-1888   A Bright
1888-1889   R S Cleaver
 
1889-1890   F J Hawkins
1890-1891   F Archer
1891-1892   A F Warr
1892-1893   J W Alsop
1893-1894   J Dickinson
1894-1895   C H Morton
1895-1896   J Lawrence
1896-1897   F Gregory
1897-1898  H H Gibbons
1898-1899  C E Stevens
1899-1900  W A Weightman
1900-1901  Arthur S Mather
1901-1902  Harold D Bateson
1902-1903  Septimus Castle
1903-1904  F Marton Hull
1904-1905  Arnold J Cleaver
1905-1906  John Cameron
1906-1907  George Dickinson
1907-1908   B Arkle
1908-1909   W C Thorne
1909-1910   Charles Collins
1910-1911   Godfrey A Solly
1911-1912   Robert Norris
1912-1913  J C Bromfield
1913-1914  W Forshaw Wilson
1914-1915  Edward V Crooks
1915-1916  Morris P Jones
1916-1917  F Russell Roberts
1917-1918  C E Nield
1918-1919   Finlay Dun
1919-1920   Sir Norman Hill
1920-1921   John L Williams
1921-1922   Hadden Todd
1922-1923   F H Edwards
1923-1924   David McIver
1924-1925  Francis Weld
1925-1926  Edgar L Billson
1926-1927  J Graham Kenion
1927-1928  W H T Brown
1928-1929  A E Chevalier
1929-1930  Park N Stone
1930-1931  L S Holmes
1931-1932  R D Cripps
1932-1933  C W Wright
1933-1934  W Glasgow
1934-1935  F C Gregory
1935-1936  J W Cocks
1936-1937  A E Franklad
1937-1938  G E Castle
1938-1939  V D Heyne
1939-1940  S R Dodds
1940-1941  J B McKaig
1941-1942  Benjamin Arkle
1942-1943  Roland Marshall
1943-1944  J Roberts
1944-1945  W L Bateson
1945-1946  H M Alderson-Smith
1946-1947  J C Bryson
1947-1948  Alfred W Brown
1948-1949  M Cory Dixon
1949-1950  D H Mace
1950-1951  J W T Holland
 
1951-1952  L E Rutherford
1952-1953  H R Pruddah
1953-1954  TW Harley
1954-1955   R W Abercromby
1955-1956   Charles J Cocks
1956-1957   J D Kewish
1957-1958   E Holland-Hughes
1958-1959   James E Hadfield
1959-1960   George H Twyford
1960-1961   W R Cafferata
1961-1962   J S Crook
1962-1963   E S Russell
1963-1964   G Percival Harris
1964-1965   T B Roberts
1965-1966   M O Morris
1966-1967   A Lewis-Jones
1967-1968   G N Booth
1968-1969   J Norton
1969-1970    J H C Byrne
1970-1971   J G Bryson
1971-1972   J W Bateson
1972-1973   W Morris-Jones
1973-1974   J M Marshall
1974-1975   A Cohen
1975-1976C R Hewetson
1976-1977   Rex Taylor
1977-1978   Sir Stanley Holmes
1978-1979   G Barrie Marsh
1979-1980   Gordon C Lindsay
1980-1981   Peter Howell Williams
1981-1982   G A (Tony)Ensor
1982-1983   Bernard B Wright
1983-1984   Keith M Tamlin
1984-1985   J W H Tournafond
1985-1986   Richard A McCullagh
1986-1987    Derek H Morris
1987-1988    David Thomas
1988-1989    Roger H Arden
1989-1990    Elizabeth M Steel
1990-1991    Lawrence Holden
1991-1992    Richard Bark-Jones
1992-1993    Michael H Hill
1993-1994    Andrew Holroyd
1994-1995    W A (Tony) Twemlow
1995-1996    David R Swift
1996-1997    Timothy J Marshall
1997-1998     Noel J Fagan
1998-1999    Peter W Rhodes
1999-2000    David R Swaffield
2000-2001    Edward R Goldsmith
2001-2002    John D A Leith
2002-2003    Mark R Feeny
2003-2004    James Benson
2004-2005    Paul D McCarthy
2005-2006    Helen Broughton
2006-2007    Donal Bannon
2007-2008    Anne Heseltine
2008-2009    Charlie Jones
2009-2010    Richard Paton
2010-2011    Norman Jones
2011-2012    Steve Cornforth
2012-2013    Alistair Fletcher
2013-2014    Glenys Hunt
2014-2015    Emlyn Williams
2015-2016    Alison Lobb