Counsel to the Navy Department

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Office of the Counsel to the Navy Department
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department
(1964-1995)
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–5 years)
Inaugural holderEwen Montagu
Formation1964-1995

The Counsel to the Navy Department originally called Counsel to the Navy Board [1] was an appointed legal adviser to the Royal Navy from 1673 to 1995.

History

The office was originally established in 1673 when the post holder was assigned to the Navy Board only. In 1696 the office holders duties were expanded and he was authorised to act on behalf of the Board of Admiralty as well. The office was abolished in 1679, as a result of cost saving measures being undertaken in regard to cutting excessive naval expenditures. In 1696 the office was reestablished and in 1824 it was merged with the office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet.

In 1832 the Navy Board was abolished and its previous functions were absorbed into the Admiralty the office holders title then changed to Counsel to the Admiralty until 1964 when the Department of Admiralty was absorbed into the Ministry of Defence where it became the Navy Department until 2008.[2][3][4]

From 1824 the individual appointed held both offices and titles of Judge Advocate of the Fleet and Counsel concurrently until 1995 when it was abolished.[1] The office holder superintended the Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty.[5]

Office Holders

  1. 1964-1972, Ewen Montagu
  2. 1973-1986, William Howard
  3. 1986-1994, Felix Waley
  4. 1995 J L Sessions

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sainty, J.C. (1975). Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. London: University of London. p. 78.
  2. "Supplement to the London Gazette: Ministry of Defence ( Navy Department)" (PDF). www.thegazette.co.uk. The London Gazeete. 1 January 1975. p. 5. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. "Supplement to the London Gazette: Ministry of Defence (Navy Department)" (PDF). The London Gazette. 31 December 1985. p. 2. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. "Supplement to the London Gazette: Ministry of Defence (Navy Department)" (PDF). www.thegazette.co.uk. The London Gazette. 11 June 1994. p. B2. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. "Judicial Department:Counsel and Solicitor to the Naval Department". The Navy List. London, England: John Murray. December 1859. p. 209.

Sources

  1. Counsel 1673-1870', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), p. 78. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/p78 [accessed 27 September 2019].