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Discrete CollectionsPolitics, economics and social science collections
TitleSociety of Labour Lawyers
Ref NoSLL
LevelCollection
Date1936-2005
Extent36 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe Society of Labour Lawyers was founded in 1949 by Gerald Gardiner and others. It is affiliated to the Labour Party and its membership comprises solicitors, barristers, lay magistrates, law teachers and students of law who are also members of the Labour Party. The society has been very active in the cause of law reform since its foundation, producing several influential publications on the subject including Law Reform Now (1963), Law reform for all (1996) and Furthering justice (2005).
DescriptionPapers of the Society of Labour Lawyers, mainly dating 1949-1979, including:
Annual reports and accounts.
Minutes of Annual General Meetings and Executive Committee meetings.
Rules of the Society.
Newsletters and circulars.
Membership records.
Papers regarding conferences and other Society events.
Subject files on topics such as racial discrimination, illegitimacy, homosexuality and abortion.
Subject files relating to reform of the justice system, such as: improving access to the law (provision of legal aid and advice); criminal procedure; and, ending capital punishment.
The subject files include correspondence, memoranda, sub-committee papers and evidence to government inquiries and Royal Commissions.
Correspondence with members of the Society, MPs and others, including Gerald Gardiner (Lord Chancellor, 1964-70) and Samuel Silkin (Attorney General, 1974-79).
Correspondence of the Society's Honorary Secretaries, Jean Graham Hall and Conrad Ascher.
Access StatusOpen
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
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