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Karl Llewellyn described Thomas Scrutton as 'the greatest English-speaking commercial judge of a century'. Scrutton played a key role in a number of politically sensitive court cases from the Great War to the 1930s. This biography draws on unpublished sources to evaluate his contribution as counsel, campaigner and judge in a number of areas: the development of a modern law of copyright; the checking of executive power in and after the Great War; and his attempt to develop English commercial law on a basis which reflected the practices and expectations of the commercial community. In addition to providing valuable insights into the nature of legal practice and advancement in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the book examines Llewellyn's claim that Scrutton adopted a 'realist' approach to the development of commercial law, and uses the body of Scrutton's judgments to explore the limits of a 'realist' approach to jurisprudence.Read more
- Biography of a leading judicial figure drawing extensively on unpublished sources
- The formalist v. realist jurisprudential controversy is explored through Scrutton's body of commercial law judgments, testing Karl Llewellyn's description of Scrutton as leading commercial lawyer and exemplar of realist jurisprudence
- Offers insights into his judicial role and commitment to the Great War through personal letters
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"… admirers of Scrutton … have reason to be grateful to David Foxton for producing a close and rigorous assessment of Scrutton's life … The Life of Thomas E. Scrutton is well written, thoroughly researched and … can be most warmly recommended."
Roderick Munday, The Cambridge Law JournalSee more reviews
"Mr Foxton's biography shows elegantly and conclusively why Scrutton LJ's impact on the law has been so much greater than that of his forensic and judicial rival, John Hamilton."
Richard Aikens, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly
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- Date Published: November 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107032583
- length: 372 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.67kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. A university man
3. Pupil, professor, husband and politician
4. 'Patient, laborious asses': onwards and upwards at the Bar
5. Copyright and the author
6. The Bench
7. The War and the law
8. At the height of his powers:
9. Scrutton the realist?
10. 'Old Scrutton'.
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