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Barristers Solicitors Pettifoggers: profiles in Australian colonial legal history. By Simon Smith

Pettifogger: An inferior legal practitioner, especially one who deals with petty cases or employs dubious practices. (OED).

In the two hundred and twenty-five years since 1788, lawyers have carved out a prominent and respected place in the life of Australia.  It has not always been so.  The first lawyers to arrive in 1788 were convicts.  It took a further four decades before ‘free’ trained lawyers began to arrive in the colony.  Even so, the reputation of the profession was poor;  too many lawyers were seen as ‘Pettifoggers’.  It took time for the profession to win community respect; a task that is never finished.  This book canvasses he start of that journey with a focus on the general period 1820-1850.  It explores what brought the early lawyers to Australia, the communities they found and how they fared.  It takes as a particular focus five lawyers who pushed the boundaries and were disciplined as a result.  These previously untold stories provide a fascinating insight into colonial Australia, the development of the legal profession and the rule of law.

Maverick Publications, 2014.

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Pettifogger: An inferior legal practitioner, especially one who deals with petty cases or employs dubious practices. (OED).

In the two hundred and twenty-five years since 1788, lawyers have carved out a prominent and respected place in the life of Australia.  It has not always been so.  The first lawyers to arrive in 1788 were convicts.  It took a further four decades before ‘free’ trained lawyers began to arrive in the colony.  Even so, the reputation of the profession was poor;  too many lawyers were seen as ‘Pettifoggers’.  It took time for the profession to win community respect; a task that is never finished.  This book canvasses he start of that journey with a focus on the general period 1820-1850.  It explores what brought the early lawyers to Australia, the communities they found and how they fared.  It takes as a particular focus five lawyers who pushed the boundaries and were disciplined as a result.  These previously untold stories provide a fascinating insight into colonial Australia, the development of the legal profession and the rule of law.

Maverick Publications, 2014.

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Dimensions 23.5 × 15 × 1.5 cm

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