Viewing "The Records of the Society of Gentlemen Practisers in the Courts of Law and Equity" (1897).
This volume consists of records found in the basement of the building of the Law Society that show its origins, proceedings and eventual incorporation. After a long Introduction by Edwin Freshfield, original documents are reproduced, including complaints against lawyers for various improprieties. There is also the transcript of the case of The Company of Scriveners against The Attorneys for their following the "art or mystery of a scrivener" in drafting deeds. The Attorneys argued that they had the sole right to draft deeds. The jury returned a defense verdict. Five pound fine.