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15 July 2015

BOOK: "Legal Practice in Eighteenth-Century Scotland", by John Finlay (September 2015)


John Finlay, Legal Practice in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
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This book is the first monograph to analyse the workings of Scotland’s legal profession in its early modern European context. It is a comprehensive survey of lawyers working in the local and central courts; investigating how they interacted with their clients and with each other, the legal principles governing ethical practice, and how they fulfilled a social role through providing free services to the poor and also services to town councils and other corporations. Based heavily on a wide range of archival sources, and reflecting the contemporary importance of local societies of lawyers, John Finlay offers a groundbreaking yet accessible study of the eighteenth-century legal profession which adds a new dimension to our knowledge of Enlightenment Scotland

John Finlay, Ph.D. (1998), is Professor of Scots Law at the University of Glasgow. He has published monographs and many articles on the history of Scotland’s legal profession, including The Community of the College of Justice (Edinburgh University Press, 2012)

Table of contents



List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary

1. Introduction

2. Lawyers and clients

3. Income

4. Management

5. Ethics and etiquette

6. Pro Bono

7. Societies

8. Solidarity

9. Burghs

10. Procurators fiscal

11. Notaries

12. Conclusion

Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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