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List of notable or famous lawyers from England, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in England and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from England is included when available.

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This historic lawyers from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from England?" These prominent lawyers of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English lawyers.

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Anthony Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Anthony Allen Anthony Allen was an English lawyer and antiquary

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Bartholomew Gosnold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Bartholomew Gosnold Died at 35 (1572-1607) Bartholomew Gosnold was an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London, and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded ...more

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Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond age 73 Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA is a British legal academic, barrister, judge, and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In 2004, she ...more

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Bulstrode Whitelocke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Bulstrode Whitelocke Died at 70 (1605-1675) Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke was an English lawyer, writer, parliamentarian and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England.

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C. J. Sansom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
C. J. Sansom age 66 Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is a British writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and ...more

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Charles Bowen, Baron Bowen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Charles Bowen, Baron Bowen Died at 59 (1835-1894) Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen QC, PC was an English judge.

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Charles Erdman Petersdorff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Charles Erdman Petersdorff Died at 86 (1800-1886) Charles Erdman Petersdorff was a legal writer.

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Charles Falconer, Baron Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton age 66 Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, is a British Labour politician and barrister. Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional ...more

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Charles Peter Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Charles Peter Allen Died at 69 (1861-1930) Charles Peter Allen MP was an English Liberal politician who represented Stroud from 1900-1914. His professional career was as a solicitor and newspaper journalist. He served his country during ...more

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Charles Robert Forrester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Charles Robert Forrester Died at 47 (1803-1850) Charles Robert Forrester was an English lawyer and writer, who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Hal Willis, frequently with illustrations provided by his brother Alfred Henry Forrester who ...more

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Cherie Blair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Cherie Blair age 63 Cherie Blair, CBE, QC, known professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister. She is married to the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

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Chris Mort is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Chris Mort Christopher "Chris" Mort is an English lawyer and former chairman of Newcastle United Football Club.

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Christopher Rich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Christopher Rich Died at 57 (1657-1714) Christopher Rich was a lawyer and theatrical manager in London in the late 17th and early 18th century.

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Clive Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Clive Anderson age 65 Clive Anderson is an English television and radio presenter, comedy writer and former barrister. Winner of a British Comedy Award in 1991, Anderson began experimenting with comedy and writing ...more

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Cresswell Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Cresswell Cresswell Died at 69 (1794-1863) Sir Cresswell Cresswell PC KC, born Cresswell Easterby, was an English lawyer, judge and Tory politician. As a judge in the newly created divorce court, Cresswell did much to start the emergence ...more

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Cyril Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Cyril Wilkinson Died at 86 (1884-1970) Cyril Theodore Anstruther Wilkinson CBE was an English field hockey player who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics for Great Britain. The team won the gold medal. He was also a cricketer, as ...more

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David Pearl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
David Pearl age 73 David Stephen Pearl is a British lawyer and member of the Judicial Appointments Commission. He is the son of Rabbi Chaim Pearl. Pearl was educated at the University of Birmingham and at the ...more

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Derek Oulton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Derek Oulton age 90 Sir Antony Derek Maxwell Oulton, GCB, QC, PhD, M.A. is a retired British senior civil servant, was Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's Department and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, ...more

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Diane Benussi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Diane Benussi

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Douglas Straight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Douglas Straight Died at 70 (1844-1914) Sir Douglas Straight was an English lawyer, Member of Parliament, judge and journalist. Straight was born in London and was educated at Harrow School. Until 1865 he engaged in journalism, but ...more

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Edmund Plowden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Edmund Plowden Died at 67 (1518-1585) Sir Edmund Plowden was a distinguished English lawyer, legal scholar and theorist during the late Tudor period.

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Edward Bellasis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Edward Bellasis Died at 73 (1800-1873) Edward Bellasis was an English lawyer, a follower of the Oxford Movement who converted to Roman Catholicism. He was a close friend and associate of other Anglo-Catholic lawyers Edward Lowth ...more

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Edward Lowth Badeley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Edward Lowth Badeley Edward Lowth Badeley was an English ecclesiastical lawyer, a member of the Oxford Movement, who was involved in some of the most notorious cases of the nineteenth century

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Edward Montagu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Edward Montagu Died at 72 (1485-1557) Sir Edward Montagu was an English lawyer and judge.

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Edwin James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Edwin James Died at 70 (1812-1882) Edwin John James QC was an English lawyer who also practised in the U.S., a Member of Parliament and would-be actor. Disbarred in England and Wales for professional misconduct, he ended his life ...more

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Francis Downman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Francis Downman

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Frederick Flowers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Frederick Flowers Died at 76 (1810-1886) Frederick Flowers was a police magistrate.

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G. P. Pillai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
G. P. Pillai Govindan Paramaswaran Pillai was born in Alathoor in Kerala, India, in an aristocratic Nair family. After gaining a B.A. at the University of Madras he was admitted to the Middle Temple in ...more

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Geoffrey Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Geoffrey Robertson age 71 Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship. Robertson is a founder and joint head of Doughty ...more

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George Alfred Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
George Alfred Lawrence Died at 49 (1827-1876) George Alfred Lawrence was a British novelist and barrister.

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George Hadley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
George Hadley Died at 83 (1685-1768) George Hadley was an English lawyer and amateur meteorologist who proposed the atmospheric mechanism by which the Trade Winds are sustained. As a key factor in ensuring that European sailing ...more

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Sir George Lewis, 1st Baronet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Sir George Lewis, 1st Baronet Died at 78 (1833-1911) Sir George Henry Lewis, 1st Baronet was an English lawyer of Jewish extraction.

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George Whatley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
George Whatley George Whatley, Esq, was a contemporary, friend and correspondent of Benjamin Franklin. He was also Vice-President and Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital in London. Whatley was the author of ...more

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George Wheler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
George Wheler Died at 73 (1651-1724) Born at Breda in the Netherlands on 20 January 1651, the third child and eldest son of Charles Wheler, a colonel in the Life Guards, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Hutchin of Egerton, ...more

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Gervase of Tilbury is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Gervase of Tilbury Died at 78 (1150-1228) Gervase of Tilbury or Gervasius Tilberiensis was a 13th-century canon lawyer, statesman and writer, born in West Tilbury, in Essex, England. His best known work is the Otia Imperialia.

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Giles Henderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Giles Henderson age 75 Giles Ian Henderson, CBE who was Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Giles Jacob is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Giles Jacob Died at 58 (1686-1744) Giles Jacob was a British legal writer and literary critic who figures as one of the dunces in Alexander Pope's 1728 Dunciad: "Jacob, the scourge of grammar, mark with awe, Nor less revere ...more

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Godfrey Vick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Godfrey Vick Died at 66 (1892-1958) Sir Godfrey Russell Vick KC was an English lawyer and judge who played a part in several important tribunals. Vick was born West Hartlepool, the son of Richard William Vick JP and Emily ...more

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H. H. Asquith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
H. H. Asquith Died at 76 (1852-1928) Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KG, KC, PC, served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. Until 5 January 1988, he had been the longest ...more

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Henry Cadogan Rothery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Henry Cadogan Rothery Died at 71 (1817-1888) Henry Cadogan Rothery was an English lawyer and commissioner of wrecks, especially remembered for chairing the inquiry into the Tay Bridge disaster in 1879.

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Henry Cecil Leon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Henry Cecil Leon Died at 74 (1902-1976) Henry Cecil Leon, who wrote under the pen-names Henry Cecil and Clifford Maxwell, was a judge and a writer of fiction about the British legal system. He was born near London in 1902 and was ...more

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Henry Sewell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Henry Sewell Died at 72 (1807-1879) Henry Sewell was a prominent 19th-century New Zealand politician. He was a notable campaigner for New Zealand self-government, and is generally regarded as having been the country's first ...more

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Ian Wood-Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Ian Wood-Smith

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Janet Neel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Janet Neel Cohen age 77 Janet Neel Cohen, Baroness Cohen of Pimlico is a British lawyer and crime fiction writer. She is the daughter of George Edric Neel and Mary Isabel Budge. She was educated at South Hampstead High ...more

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band's sound soon incorporated elements of British folk music and hard ...more

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John Donne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
John Donne Died at 59 (1572-1631) John Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual ...more

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John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashbur... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashburton Died at 52 (1731-1783) John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashburton was an English lawyer and politician. He was first noticed in English politics when he wrote a notice in 1762 defending the British East India Company merchants ...more

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John Fortescue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
John Fortescue Died at 86 (1394-1480) Sir John Fortescue was the Chief Justice of the King's Bench of England and the author of De laudibus legum Angliæ, an influential treatise on English law. In the course of Henry VI's ...more

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John G. Milburn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
John G. Milburn Died at 79 (1851-1930) John George Milburn was a prominent lawyer in Buffalo, New York and New York City, a president of the New York City Bar Association, and a partner at the law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn.

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John Galsworthy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lawyers from England
John Galsworthy Died at 66 (1867-1933) John Galsworthy OM was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in