|Andrew Lemon on the left and Simon Smith on the right with the new book.|
Pettifoggers have always had bad press, but now they have Simon Smith peering at a sample of early legal practitioners and poking them with their own "chop sticks" to see what would happen. In his new book, Barristers Solicitors Pettifoggers, Simon Smith introduces us to some very appealing characters, such as the hapless Sidney Stephen, who was struck off in Van Diemen's Land and was then refused admittance to the Bar in Port Phillip - he was cleared by the Privy Council and went on to become acting Chief Justice of NZ; and James Erskine-Murray whose splendid double-barrelled name was no hindrance when he decided to give up lawyering and take up piracy. Irascible judges, sugar plantation slave-owners, and ladies of dubious reputation all make an appearance on these pages.
|Young friends of the author provided a little frivolity to the occasion with their paper wigs.|
The book is available at the RHSV for $39.95 plus postage.