2011, the Heritage Committee began a project to identify the disciplinary records in the custody of the Law
Society’s archives, to document the discipline process and the types of
disciplinary actions the Law Society took historically, and to provide greater
access to the public historic information.
first phase of the project was to identify the sets of records in the custody
of the Law Society’s archives that contain disciplinary information. A TABLE OF RESOURCES was produced that lists these sources.
second stage of the project was to index the discipline matters recorded in the
Published Minutes of Convocation and to provide a CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING
of the discipline matters for the period 1879 to 1913 on the website. The listing records:
- the name of the person against whom the complaint was made or disciplinary action was taken
- their birth date (when known)
- the date of their call to the Bar (if a barrister)
- the date of the disciplinary matter as it appears in the Published Minutes of Convocation
- particulars of the complaint or reasons for the disciplinary action (if known)
- a description of the disciplinary hearing or action taken by the Discipline Committee
- the outcome of the disciplinary matter
- the type of member of the Law Society (those recorded as a Barrister were both a barrister and a solicitor, while those recorded as a Solicitor were solely a solicitor)
the individuals in the pre-1910 period were not identified by name, or were
recorded simply as initials.
Archives plans to add an additional year’s data to the list on an annual basis.
For questions about the project
or the records in the Law Society’s Archives, please contact: Paul
Leatherdale, Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org