Famous Members

Famous alumni of The Inner Temple

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Harold Abrahams

Won gold in 100m sprint, 1924 Paris Olympics

Bio

(1899-1978). Adm IT 1919; Call 1924. Lawyer, journalist. He won silver in 4 x 100m relay and gold in 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b530727104

Musa Alami

Palestinian Politician

Bio

(1897-1984). Adm IT 1920; Call 1924. Palestinian lawyer, philanthropist, founder and president of the Arab Development Society

Clement Attlee

Prime Minister 1945-51

Bio

1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (1883-1967). Adm IT 1904; Call 1906; PC 1935. Clement Richard Attlee, A British Labour Party politician who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1945-1951. He was the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.

Thomas Audley

Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

Bio

1st Baron Audley of Walden (1488-1544). Adm IT 1510; Bencher 1524; Reader 1526. MP for Essex 1523; Inner Temple's first recorded Lord Chancellor. Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

William Norman Birkett

Judge at Nuremberg trials

Bio

1st Baron Birkett, Kt, PC, QC (1883-1962). Adm IT 1910; Call 1913; KC 1924; Bencher 1930; Treasurer 1956; Lord Justice of Appeal 1950-56. Judge at Nuremberg trials. Outstanding advocate. Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw99896/

James Boswell

Diarist and Biographer

Bio

(1740-95). Adm IT 1761; Call 1786; recorder of Carlisle 1788-90; resided in Farrar’s Buildings. Diarist and biographer, author of the Life of Samuel Johnson some claim to be the greatest biography ever written. The method of living in the Inner Temple is, in my opinion, the most agreeable in the world for a single man.” Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/use-this-image.php?mkey=mw00687

Thomas Bromley

Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots

Bio

(1530-87). Adm IT 1550; Call n.d.; Reader 1566; Treasurer 1573-75; Recorder of London 1566-69; SG 1569-79; MP; LC 1579-87; PC; Knt 1579. Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1586. Sealed execution warrant.

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

First woman member of Court of Appeal

Bio

Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE (1933-). Adm IT 1951; Call 1955; Bencher 1979; Reader 1997; Treasurer 1998; Lord Justice of Appeal 1988-99; President Family Division 1999. First woman member of Court of Appeal; first woman Treasurer of Inner Temple.

Edwin Chadwick

19th Century Social Reformer

Bio

Sir Edwin Chadwick KCB (1800-1890). Adm IT 1823; Call 1830. Social reformer.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Poet and author

Bio

Membership of Inner Temple claimed by sixteenth century antiquary but not corroborated. Poet , author, courtier and civil servant. JP; MP. Mentioned a 'Manciple of a Temple' in the 'Prologue to the Canterbury Tales'.

Eugene Chen

Sun Yat-sen's Foreign Minister

Bio

(1878-1944). Chinese Trinidadian lawyer who in the 1920s became Sun Yat-sen's foreign minister

Edward Coke

The greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras

Bio

Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634). Adm CI 1571; Adm IT 1572; Call 1578; Bencher 1590; Treasurer 1595-7; Solicitor General 1592; Attorney General 1594; Knt 1603; Serjeant 1606; Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 1606; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1613-16; MP 1589; Speaker 1593. One of most influential judges. attacked royal prerogative and defended supremacy of Parliament. Author of commentary on Littleton (qv)

Robert Erskine Childers

Author and Irish Nationalist

Bio

(1870-1922). Adm IT 1892; former resident at 2 Mitre Court. Author and Irish nationalist.

Harold Abrahams

Won gold in 100m sprint, 1924 Paris Olympics

Bio

(1899-1978). Adm IT 1919; Call 1924. Lawyer, journalist. He won silver in 4 x 100m relay and gold in 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b530727104

Musa Alami

Palestinian Politician

Bio

(1897-1984). Adm IT 1920; Call 1924. Palestinian lawyer, philanthropist, founder and president of the Arab Development Society

Clement Attlee

Prime Minister 1945-51

Bio

1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (1883-1967). Adm IT 1904; Call 1906; PC 1935. Clement Richard Attlee, A British Labour Party politician who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1945-1951. He was the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.

Thomas Audley

Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

Bio

1st Baron Audley of Walden (1488-1544). Adm IT 1510; Bencher 1524; Reader 1526. MP for Essex 1523; Inner Temple's first recorded Lord Chancellor. Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

William Norman Birkett

Judge at Nuremberg trials

Bio

1st Baron Birkett, Kt, PC, QC (1883-1962). Adm IT 1910; Call 1913; KC 1924; Bencher 1930; Treasurer 1956; Lord Justice of Appeal 1950-56. Judge at Nuremberg trials. Outstanding advocate. Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw99896/

James Boswell

Diarist and Biographer

Bio

(1740-95). Adm IT 1761; Call 1786; recorder of Carlisle 1788-90; resided in Farrar’s Buildings. Diarist and biographer, author of the Life of Samuel Johnson some claim to be the greatest biography ever written. The method of living in the Inner Temple is, in my opinion, the most agreeable in the world for a single man.” Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/use-this-image.php?mkey=mw00687

Thomas Bromley

Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots

Bio

(1530-87). Adm IT 1550; Call n.d.; Reader 1566; Treasurer 1573-75; Recorder of London 1566-69; SG 1569-79; MP; LC 1579-87; PC; Knt 1579. Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1586. Sealed execution warrant.

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

First woman member of Court of Appeal

Bio

Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE (1933-). Adm IT 1951; Call 1955; Bencher 1979; Reader 1997; Treasurer 1998; Lord Justice of Appeal 1988-99; President Family Division 1999. First woman member of Court of Appeal; first woman Treasurer of Inner Temple.

Edwin Chadwick

19th Century Social Reformer

Bio

Sir Edwin Chadwick KCB (1800-1890). Adm IT 1823; Call 1830. Social reformer.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Poet and author

Bio

Membership of Inner Temple claimed by sixteenth century antiquary but not corroborated. Poet , author, courtier and civil servant. JP; MP. Mentioned a 'Manciple of a Temple' in the 'Prologue to the Canterbury Tales'.

Eugene Chen

Sun Yat-sen's Foreign Minister

Bio

(1878-1944). Chinese Trinidadian lawyer who in the 1920s became Sun Yat-sen's foreign minister

Edward Coke

The greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras

Bio

Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634). Adm CI 1571; Adm IT 1572; Call 1578; Bencher 1590; Treasurer 1595-7; Solicitor General 1592; Attorney General 1594; Knt 1603; Serjeant 1606; Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 1606; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1613-16; MP 1589; Speaker 1593. One of most influential judges. attacked royal prerogative and defended supremacy of Parliament. Author of commentary on Littleton (qv)

Robert Erskine Childers

Author and Irish Nationalist

Bio

(1870-1922). Adm IT 1892; former resident at 2 Mitre Court. Author and Irish nationalist.

Harold Abrahams

Won gold in 100m sprint, 1924 Paris Olympics

Bio

(1899-1978). Adm IT 1919; Call 1924. Lawyer, journalist. He won silver in 4 x 100m relay and gold in 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b530727104

Musa Alami

Palestinian Politician

Bio

(1897-1984). Adm IT 1920; Call 1924. Palestinian lawyer, philanthropist, founder and president of the Arab Development Society

Clement Attlee

Prime Minister 1945-51

Bio

1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (1883-1967). Adm IT 1904; Call 1906; PC 1935. Clement Richard Attlee, A British Labour Party politician who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1945-1951. He was the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.

Thomas Audley

Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

Bio

1st Baron Audley of Walden (1488-1544). Adm IT 1510; Bencher 1524; Reader 1526. MP for Essex 1523; Inner Temple's first recorded Lord Chancellor. Presided over trial of Sir Thomas More

William Norman Birkett

Judge at Nuremberg trials

Bio

1st Baron Birkett, Kt, PC, QC (1883-1962). Adm IT 1910; Call 1913; KC 1924; Bencher 1930; Treasurer 1956; Lord Justice of Appeal 1950-56. Judge at Nuremberg trials. Outstanding advocate. Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw99896/

James Boswell

Diarist and Biographer

Bio

(1740-95). Adm IT 1761; Call 1786; recorder of Carlisle 1788-90; resided in Farrar’s Buildings. Diarist and biographer, author of the Life of Samuel Johnson some claim to be the greatest biography ever written. The method of living in the Inner Temple is, in my opinion, the most agreeable in the world for a single man.” Image Source: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/use-this-image.php?mkey=mw00687

Thomas Bromley

Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots

Bio

(1530-87). Adm IT 1550; Call n.d.; Reader 1566; Treasurer 1573-75; Recorder of London 1566-69; SG 1569-79; MP; LC 1579-87; PC; Knt 1579. Presided over trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1586. Sealed execution warrant.

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

First woman member of Court of Appeal

Bio

Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE (1933-). Adm IT 1951; Call 1955; Bencher 1979; Reader 1997; Treasurer 1998; Lord Justice of Appeal 1988-99; President Family Division 1999. First woman member of Court of Appeal; first woman Treasurer of Inner Temple.

Edwin Chadwick

19th Century Social Reformer

Bio

Sir Edwin Chadwick KCB (1800-1890). Adm IT 1823; Call 1830. Social reformer.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Poet and author

Bio

Membership of Inner Temple claimed by sixteenth century antiquary but not corroborated. Poet , author, courtier and civil servant. JP; MP. Mentioned a 'Manciple of a Temple' in the 'Prologue to the Canterbury Tales'.

Eugene Chen

Sun Yat-sen's Foreign Minister

Bio

(1878-1944). Chinese Trinidadian lawyer who in the 1920s became Sun Yat-sen's foreign minister

Edward Coke

The greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras

Bio

Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634). Adm CI 1571; Adm IT 1572; Call 1578; Bencher 1590; Treasurer 1595-7; Solicitor General 1592; Attorney General 1594; Knt 1603; Serjeant 1606; Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 1606; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1613-16; MP 1589; Speaker 1593. One of most influential judges. attacked royal prerogative and defended supremacy of Parliament. Author of commentary on Littleton (qv)

Robert Erskine Childers

Author and Irish Nationalist

Bio

(1870-1922). Adm IT 1892; former resident at 2 Mitre Court. Author and Irish nationalist.

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Ernest De Silva

Sri Lankan philanthropist

Bio

Sir Ernest De Silva (1887-1957). Adm IT 1907; Call 1912. Sri Lankan philanthropist.

Francis Drake

Circumnavigator and Admiral

Bio

Sir Francis Drake (c1540-96). Adm IT: 1582. Circumnavigator and Admiral

Robert Dudley

Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I

Bio

Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (c1533-88). Adm IT 1561; Master of Revels at the Inner Temple, 1561. Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I. Son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (qv)

Heneage Finch

Involved in trial of Regicides in reign of Charles II

Bio

1st Earl of Nottingham (1621-82). Adm IT 1638; Call 1645; Reader 1661; Treasurer 1661-72; SG 1660; Attorney General 1670; Lord Keeper 1673; Lord Chancellor 1675-82. Known as the 'silver-tongued lawyer' and the 'father of modern equity' (DNB).

Mohandas Gandhi

Architect of Indian Independence

Bio

Adm IT 1888; Call 1891; disbarred 1922; reinstated 1988. "There were two conditions which had to be fulfilled before a student was formally called to the bar: ‘keeping terms’, twelve terms equivalent to about three years; and passing examinations. ‘Keeping terms’ meant eating one’s terms i.e. attending at least six dinners out of about twenty-four dinners in a term. Eating did not mean actually partaking of the dinner, it meant reporting oneself at the fixed hours and remaining present throughout the dinner. Usually of course everyone ate and drank the good commons and choice wines provided. A dinner cost from two and six to three and six, that is from two to three rupees ... I often ate nothing at these dinners, for the things that I might eat were only bread, boiled potato and cabbage. In the beginning I did not eat these, as I did not like them; and later, when I began to relish them, I also gained the courage to ask for other dishes. " - The story of my experiments with Truth

William Schwenk Gilbert

Best known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan

Bio

Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, W. S. Gilbert, (1836-1911). Adm IT 1855; Call 1863; Knt 1907. Playwright, librettist and author. Famous as collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan on comic operettas. Image source: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f9a4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Rayner Goddard

First non-political Lord Chief Justice

Bio

Baron Goddard (1877-1971). Adm IT 1896; Call 1891; Bencher 1929; Lord Chief Justice 1946-58. First non-political Lord Chief Justice. In favour of hanging and corporal punishment. Presided over Craig and Bentley trial.

Ernest De Silva

Sri Lankan philanthropist

Bio

Sir Ernest De Silva (1887-1957). Adm IT 1907; Call 1912. Sri Lankan philanthropist.

Francis Drake

Circumnavigator and Admiral

Bio

Sir Francis Drake (c1540-96). Adm IT: 1582. Circumnavigator and Admiral

Robert Dudley

Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I

Bio

Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (c1533-88). Adm IT 1561; Master of Revels at the Inner Temple, 1561. Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I. Son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (qv)

Heneage Finch

Involved in trial of Regicides in reign of Charles II

Bio

1st Earl of Nottingham (1621-82). Adm IT 1638; Call 1645; Reader 1661; Treasurer 1661-72; SG 1660; Attorney General 1670; Lord Keeper 1673; Lord Chancellor 1675-82. Known as the 'silver-tongued lawyer' and the 'father of modern equity' (DNB).

Mohandas Gandhi

Architect of Indian Independence

Bio

Adm IT 1888; Call 1891; disbarred 1922; reinstated 1988. "There were two conditions which had to be fulfilled before a student was formally called to the bar: ‘keeping terms’, twelve terms equivalent to about three years; and passing examinations. ‘Keeping terms’ meant eating one’s terms i.e. attending at least six dinners out of about twenty-four dinners in a term. Eating did not mean actually partaking of the dinner, it meant reporting oneself at the fixed hours and remaining present throughout the dinner. Usually of course everyone ate and drank the good commons and choice wines provided. A dinner cost from two and six to three and six, that is from two to three rupees ... I often ate nothing at these dinners, for the things that I might eat were only bread, boiled potato and cabbage. In the beginning I did not eat these, as I did not like them; and later, when I began to relish them, I also gained the courage to ask for other dishes. " - The story of my experiments with Truth

William Schwenk Gilbert

Best known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan

Bio

Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, W. S. Gilbert, (1836-1911). Adm IT 1855; Call 1863; Knt 1907. Playwright, librettist and author. Famous as collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan on comic operettas. Image source: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f9a4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Rayner Goddard

First non-political Lord Chief Justice

Bio

Baron Goddard (1877-1971). Adm IT 1896; Call 1891; Bencher 1929; Lord Chief Justice 1946-58. First non-political Lord Chief Justice. In favour of hanging and corporal punishment. Presided over Craig and Bentley trial.

Ernest De Silva

Sri Lankan philanthropist

Bio

Sir Ernest De Silva (1887-1957). Adm IT 1907; Call 1912. Sri Lankan philanthropist.

Francis Drake

Circumnavigator and Admiral

Bio

Sir Francis Drake (c1540-96). Adm IT: 1582. Circumnavigator and Admiral

Robert Dudley

Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I

Bio

Lord Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (c1533-88). Adm IT 1561; Master of Revels at the Inner Temple, 1561. Courtier, Master of the Queen's Horse, favourite of Elizabeth I. Son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (qv)

Heneage Finch

Involved in trial of Regicides in reign of Charles II

Bio

1st Earl of Nottingham (1621-82). Adm IT 1638; Call 1645; Reader 1661; Treasurer 1661-72; SG 1660; Attorney General 1670; Lord Keeper 1673; Lord Chancellor 1675-82. Known as the 'silver-tongued lawyer' and the 'father of modern equity' (DNB).

Mohandas Gandhi

Architect of Indian Independence

Bio

Adm IT 1888; Call 1891; disbarred 1922; reinstated 1988. "There were two conditions which had to be fulfilled before a student was formally called to the bar: ‘keeping terms’, twelve terms equivalent to about three years; and passing examinations. ‘Keeping terms’ meant eating one’s terms i.e. attending at least six dinners out of about twenty-four dinners in a term. Eating did not mean actually partaking of the dinner, it meant reporting oneself at the fixed hours and remaining present throughout the dinner. Usually of course everyone ate and drank the good commons and choice wines provided. A dinner cost from two and six to three and six, that is from two to three rupees ... I often ate nothing at these dinners, for the things that I might eat were only bread, boiled potato and cabbage. In the beginning I did not eat these, as I did not like them; and later, when I began to relish them, I also gained the courage to ask for other dishes. " - The story of my experiments with Truth

William Schwenk Gilbert

Best known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan

Bio

Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, W. S. Gilbert, (1836-1911). Adm IT 1855; Call 1863; Knt 1907. Playwright, librettist and author. Famous as collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan on comic operettas. Image source: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f9a4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Rayner Goddard

First non-political Lord Chief Justice

Bio

Baron Goddard (1877-1971). Adm IT 1896; Call 1891; Bencher 1929; Lord Chief Justice 1946-58. First non-political Lord Chief Justice. In favour of hanging and corporal punishment. Presided over Craig and Bentley trial.

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Edward Marshall Hall

Known as "The Great Defender"

Bio

Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927). Adm IT 1880; Call 1883; bencher 1910; QC 1898; MP 1900; Knt 1917. Involved in a number of sensational cases, including Russell Divorce case 1923.

Arthur Henry Hallam (1811-33)

Poet and Author

Bio

(1811-33). Adm IT 1832. Poet and author. Son of Henry Hallam (qv). Friend of Alfred Tennyson, who wrote 'In Memoriam' on his death in Vienna in 1833.

Heather Hallett

First woman to chair the Bar Council

Bio

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett DBE (1949 - ). Adm IT 1970; Call 1972; Bencher 1993; Treasurer 2011. QC 1989; a Recorder, 1989–99; a Deputy High Court Judge, 1995–99; a Judge of the High Court of Justice, QBD, 1999–2005. Leader, South Eastern Circuit, 1995–97; Presiding Judge, Western Circuit, 2001–04; Vice President, Queen's Bench Division, 2012–14. Member Judicial Appointmentss Commission, 2006–10 (Vice-Chairman, 2007–10); Chairman, Judicial College (formerly Judicial Studies Bd), 2010–14 (Member, 2000–04). Chairman, General Council of the Bar, 1998 (Vice Chairman, 1997).

Alan P Herbert

Author, playwright and law reform activist

Bio

Sir Alan P Herbert (1890-1971). Adm IT 1912; Call 1919; MP for Oxford University 1935-50. Author, humourist, playwright and law reform activist.

Rosalyn Higgins

First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Bio

Baroness Higgins GBE JSD FBA QC (1937-). Adm IT 1952; Call 1955; QC 1986; President of the International Court of Justice 2006. First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Michael Howard

Former Leader of the Conservative Party

Bio

Baron Howard of Lympne CH PC QC (1941-). Adm IT 1961; Call 1964; QC 1982; PC 1990; Bencher 1992; MP 1983-2010; Home Sec. 1993-7

Thomas Hughes

Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Bio

(1822-96). Adm LI 1845; Adm IT 1848; Call 1848; QC 1869; Bencher 1870; MP 1865-74 Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Derry Irvine

Scottish lawyer, judge, and former Lord Chancellor

Bio

Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg PC QC (1940 - ). Adm IT 1962; Call 1967; QC 1978; Bencher 1985; PC. Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1997-2003).

Edward Marshall Hall

Known as "The Great Defender"

Bio

Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927). Adm IT 1880; Call 1883; bencher 1910; QC 1898; MP 1900; Knt 1917. Involved in a number of sensational cases, including Russell Divorce case 1923.

Arthur Henry Hallam (1811-33)

Poet and Author

Bio

(1811-33). Adm IT 1832. Poet and author. Son of Henry Hallam (qv). Friend of Alfred Tennyson, who wrote 'In Memoriam' on his death in Vienna in 1833.

Heather Hallett

First woman to chair the Bar Council

Bio

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett DBE (1949 - ). Adm IT 1970; Call 1972; Bencher 1993; Treasurer 2011. QC 1989; a Recorder, 1989–99; a Deputy High Court Judge, 1995–99; a Judge of the High Court of Justice, QBD, 1999–2005. Leader, South Eastern Circuit, 1995–97; Presiding Judge, Western Circuit, 2001–04; Vice President, Queen's Bench Division, 2012–14. Member Judicial Appointmentss Commission, 2006–10 (Vice-Chairman, 2007–10); Chairman, Judicial College (formerly Judicial Studies Bd), 2010–14 (Member, 2000–04). Chairman, General Council of the Bar, 1998 (Vice Chairman, 1997).

Alan P Herbert

Author, playwright and law reform activist

Bio

Sir Alan P Herbert (1890-1971). Adm IT 1912; Call 1919; MP for Oxford University 1935-50. Author, humourist, playwright and law reform activist.

Rosalyn Higgins

First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Bio

Baroness Higgins GBE JSD FBA QC (1937-). Adm IT 1952; Call 1955; QC 1986; President of the International Court of Justice 2006. First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Michael Howard

Former Leader of the Conservative Party

Bio

Baron Howard of Lympne CH PC QC (1941-). Adm IT 1961; Call 1964; QC 1982; PC 1990; Bencher 1992; MP 1983-2010; Home Sec. 1993-7

Thomas Hughes

Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Bio

(1822-96). Adm LI 1845; Adm IT 1848; Call 1848; QC 1869; Bencher 1870; MP 1865-74 Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Derry Irvine

Scottish lawyer, judge, and former Lord Chancellor

Bio

Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg PC QC (1940 - ). Adm IT 1962; Call 1967; QC 1978; Bencher 1985; PC. Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1997-2003).

Edward Marshall Hall

Known as "The Great Defender"

Bio

Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927). Adm IT 1880; Call 1883; bencher 1910; QC 1898; MP 1900; Knt 1917. Involved in a number of sensational cases, including Russell Divorce case 1923.

Arthur Henry Hallam (1811-33)

Poet and Author

Bio

(1811-33). Adm IT 1832. Poet and author. Son of Henry Hallam (qv). Friend of Alfred Tennyson, who wrote 'In Memoriam' on his death in Vienna in 1833.

Heather Hallett

First woman to chair the Bar Council

Bio

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett DBE (1949 - ). Adm IT 1970; Call 1972; Bencher 1993; Treasurer 2011. QC 1989; a Recorder, 1989–99; a Deputy High Court Judge, 1995–99; a Judge of the High Court of Justice, QBD, 1999–2005. Leader, South Eastern Circuit, 1995–97; Presiding Judge, Western Circuit, 2001–04; Vice President, Queen's Bench Division, 2012–14. Member Judicial Appointmentss Commission, 2006–10 (Vice-Chairman, 2007–10); Chairman, Judicial College (formerly Judicial Studies Bd), 2010–14 (Member, 2000–04). Chairman, General Council of the Bar, 1998 (Vice Chairman, 1997).

Alan P Herbert

Author, playwright and law reform activist

Bio

Sir Alan P Herbert (1890-1971). Adm IT 1912; Call 1919; MP for Oxford University 1935-50. Author, humourist, playwright and law reform activist.

Rosalyn Higgins

First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Bio

Baroness Higgins GBE JSD FBA QC (1937-). Adm IT 1952; Call 1955; QC 1986; President of the International Court of Justice 2006. First female judge appointed to the International Court of Justice

Michael Howard

Former Leader of the Conservative Party

Bio

Baron Howard of Lympne CH PC QC (1941-). Adm IT 1961; Call 1964; QC 1982; PC 1990; Bencher 1992; MP 1983-2010; Home Sec. 1993-7

Thomas Hughes

Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Bio

(1822-96). Adm LI 1845; Adm IT 1848; Call 1848; QC 1869; Bencher 1870; MP 1865-74 Author of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'

Derry Irvine

Scottish lawyer, judge, and former Lord Chancellor

Bio

Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg PC QC (1940 - ). Adm IT 1962; Call 1967; QC 1978; Bencher 1985; PC. Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1997-2003).

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James II

First Royal Bencher of The Inner Temple

Bio

James, Duke of York (later James II). First Royal Bencher of IT. King 1685-88. Abdicated 1688.

Edwin James

first ever QC to suffer disbarment

Bio

(1812-82). Adm IT 1832; Call 1836; QC 1850; MP 1859-61; disbarred for unprofessional conduct 1861. Emigrated to New York, USA. Performed on American stage, 1861-72. He was the first ever Queen's Counsel to suffer disbarment.

George Jeffreys

Presided over 'Bloody Assizes'

Bio

1st Baron Jeffreys, PC, also known as "the Hanging Judge" (1645-1689). Adm IT 1663; Call 1668; Bencher 1678; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1683; Recorder of London 1678-80; Serjeant 1680; LCJ 1682; KC 1683; LC 1685. Defender of Crown interests. Presided over 'Bloody Assizes' after Monmouth's attempted rebellion 1685. Died in Tower of London 1689.

Mohammed Ali Jinnah

Former President of Pakistan

Bio

(1876-1948). Adm LI 1893; Call LI 1896; Adm IT (Ad Eundem) 1931. President of Pakistan 1947.

Constantin Karadja

Resp. for the safe flight of 1000s of Jews from Nazi Germany

Bio

Prince Constantin Karadja (1889-1950). Adm IT 1909; Call 1922. Romanian Diplomat. Romanian Consul General in Berlin 1931-41. Head of Consulate Dept of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, 1941-44. Responsible for the safe evacuation of thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany.

John Keynes

One of the most influential economists of the 20th century

Bio

First Baron Keynes (1883-1946). Adm IT 1905; British economist; civil servant; a director of the Bank of England; a patron of the arts; a director of the British Eugenics Society; a writer, a philosopher, and a farmer.

Seretse Khama

First President of Botswana

Bio

(1921-80). Adm IT 1946. Chief designate of Bamangwato Tribe, in Bechauanaland Protectorate; exiled for marriage to white woman, Ruth Williams; returned to Bechuanaland 1956; Leader of Bechauanaland Democratic Party; first President of Botswana.

Elizabeth Lane

First woman High Court Judge & First woman Bencher

Bio

Dame Elizabeth Lane (1905-1988). Adm IT 1937; Call 1940; QC 1960; Bencher 1965; High Court Judge, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, 1965-79. First woman appointed as a judge in the County Court, and the first woman High Court Judge in England and first woman Bencher at any Inn.

Thomas Littleton

Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Bio

Sir Thomas Littleton (c1415-81). Adm IT n.d.; Call n.d.; Serjeant 1453; KS 1455; Justice of the Common Pleas 1466-81. Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Douglas Lowe

British double Olympic champion, won gold medals in 1924 & 1928

Bio

Douglas Gordon Arthur Lowe (1902-1981). Adm IT 1925; Call 1928; Bencher 1957; QC 1964. British double Olympic Games champion, winning gold medals in 1924 and 1928. On both occasions he set British 800-metres records of 1:52.4 and 1:51.8 respectively, the latter also being an Olympic record. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9025870t

James II

First Royal Bencher of The Inner Temple

Bio

James, Duke of York (later James II). First Royal Bencher of IT. King 1685-88. Abdicated 1688.

Edwin James

first ever QC to suffer disbarment

Bio

(1812-82). Adm IT 1832; Call 1836; QC 1850; MP 1859-61; disbarred for unprofessional conduct 1861. Emigrated to New York, USA. Performed on American stage, 1861-72. He was the first ever Queen's Counsel to suffer disbarment.

George Jeffreys

Presided over 'Bloody Assizes'

Bio

1st Baron Jeffreys, PC, also known as "the Hanging Judge" (1645-1689). Adm IT 1663; Call 1668; Bencher 1678; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1683; Recorder of London 1678-80; Serjeant 1680; LCJ 1682; KC 1683; LC 1685. Defender of Crown interests. Presided over 'Bloody Assizes' after Monmouth's attempted rebellion 1685. Died in Tower of London 1689.

Mohammed Ali Jinnah

Former President of Pakistan

Bio

(1876-1948). Adm LI 1893; Call LI 1896; Adm IT (Ad Eundem) 1931. President of Pakistan 1947.

Constantin Karadja

Resp. for the safe flight of 1000s of Jews from Nazi Germany

Bio

Prince Constantin Karadja (1889-1950). Adm IT 1909; Call 1922. Romanian Diplomat. Romanian Consul General in Berlin 1931-41. Head of Consulate Dept of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, 1941-44. Responsible for the safe evacuation of thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany.

John Keynes

One of the most influential economists of the 20th century

Bio

First Baron Keynes (1883-1946). Adm IT 1905; British economist; civil servant; a director of the Bank of England; a patron of the arts; a director of the British Eugenics Society; a writer, a philosopher, and a farmer.

Seretse Khama

First President of Botswana

Bio

(1921-80). Adm IT 1946. Chief designate of Bamangwato Tribe, in Bechauanaland Protectorate; exiled for marriage to white woman, Ruth Williams; returned to Bechuanaland 1956; Leader of Bechauanaland Democratic Party; first President of Botswana.

Elizabeth Lane

First woman High Court Judge & First woman Bencher

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Dame Elizabeth Lane (1905-1988). Adm IT 1937; Call 1940; QC 1960; Bencher 1965; High Court Judge, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, 1965-79. First woman appointed as a judge in the County Court, and the first woman High Court Judge in England and first woman Bencher at any Inn.

Thomas Littleton

Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Bio

Sir Thomas Littleton (c1415-81). Adm IT n.d.; Call n.d.; Serjeant 1453; KS 1455; Justice of the Common Pleas 1466-81. Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Douglas Lowe

British double Olympic champion, won gold medals in 1924 & 1928

Bio

Douglas Gordon Arthur Lowe (1902-1981). Adm IT 1925; Call 1928; Bencher 1957; QC 1964. British double Olympic Games champion, winning gold medals in 1924 and 1928. On both occasions he set British 800-metres records of 1:52.4 and 1:51.8 respectively, the latter also being an Olympic record. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9025870t

James II

First Royal Bencher of The Inner Temple

Bio

James, Duke of York (later James II). First Royal Bencher of IT. King 1685-88. Abdicated 1688.

Edwin James

first ever QC to suffer disbarment

Bio

(1812-82). Adm IT 1832; Call 1836; QC 1850; MP 1859-61; disbarred for unprofessional conduct 1861. Emigrated to New York, USA. Performed on American stage, 1861-72. He was the first ever Queen's Counsel to suffer disbarment.

George Jeffreys

Presided over 'Bloody Assizes'

Bio

1st Baron Jeffreys, PC, also known as "the Hanging Judge" (1645-1689). Adm IT 1663; Call 1668; Bencher 1678; Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1683; Recorder of London 1678-80; Serjeant 1680; LCJ 1682; KC 1683; LC 1685. Defender of Crown interests. Presided over 'Bloody Assizes' after Monmouth's attempted rebellion 1685. Died in Tower of London 1689.

Mohammed Ali Jinnah

Former President of Pakistan

Bio

(1876-1948). Adm LI 1893; Call LI 1896; Adm IT (Ad Eundem) 1931. President of Pakistan 1947.

Constantin Karadja

Resp. for the safe flight of 1000s of Jews from Nazi Germany

Bio

Prince Constantin Karadja (1889-1950). Adm IT 1909; Call 1922. Romanian Diplomat. Romanian Consul General in Berlin 1931-41. Head of Consulate Dept of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, 1941-44. Responsible for the safe evacuation of thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany.

John Keynes

One of the most influential economists of the 20th century

Bio

First Baron Keynes (1883-1946). Adm IT 1905; British economist; civil servant; a director of the Bank of England; a patron of the arts; a director of the British Eugenics Society; a writer, a philosopher, and a farmer.

Seretse Khama

First President of Botswana

Bio

(1921-80). Adm IT 1946. Chief designate of Bamangwato Tribe, in Bechauanaland Protectorate; exiled for marriage to white woman, Ruth Williams; returned to Bechuanaland 1956; Leader of Bechauanaland Democratic Party; first President of Botswana.

Elizabeth Lane

First woman High Court Judge & First woman Bencher

Bio

Dame Elizabeth Lane (1905-1988). Adm IT 1937; Call 1940; QC 1960; Bencher 1965; High Court Judge, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, 1965-79. First woman appointed as a judge in the County Court, and the first woman High Court Judge in England and first woman Bencher at any Inn.

Thomas Littleton

Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Bio

Sir Thomas Littleton (c1415-81). Adm IT n.d.; Call n.d.; Serjeant 1453; KS 1455; Justice of the Common Pleas 1466-81. Lawyer, judge, author of 'On Tenures'

Douglas Lowe

British double Olympic champion, won gold medals in 1924 & 1928

Bio

Douglas Gordon Arthur Lowe (1902-1981). Adm IT 1925; Call 1928; Bencher 1957; QC 1964. British double Olympic Games champion, winning gold medals in 1924 and 1928. On both occasions he set British 800-metres records of 1:52.4 and 1:51.8 respectively, the latter also being an Olympic record. Image source: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9025870t