Legal London from Inn to Bar

The Tour

On 2 December 1234 Henry III decreed that no institutes of legal education could exist in the City of London. This pronouncement was to lead to the establishment of what we know as Legal London.

Practioners of the law had to move out of the City to continue to teach. Soon they were settling in the vicinity of Holborn. From here they were within reach of their customers in the City of London, and the courts at Westminster.

Legal London - Entrance to the Law Society

The Law Society

Legal London - Gray's Inn Griffin

Gray’s Inn Griffin

Soon lawyers were settling together on land given over to development. These were to become the Inns of court that dominate Legal London.

But that’s just the beginning.

While the Inns of Court have much to attract the eye, Legal London involves a whole complex of establishments.

There are the bodies who monitor legal activity in this country. And how do you get legal help if you can’t afford it?

And while the barrister dominates our attention, what about the solicitor?

This tour explores the legal establishment as represented by a variety of sites which cluster around Chancery Lane, the spine of Legal London.

If you like this …

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Details – Legal London from Inn to Bar

REMEMBER that these details are NOT for the virtual version of this tour!

MEET: In front of the Blackfrair pub at 174 Queen Victoria Street EC4V 4EG, across the road from Blackfriars Underground Station
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: close to Chancery Lane Underground Station

If you have any questions about this tour, please contact me

Pictures © 2021 David Charnick

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