Solicitor to the Admiralty and Navy

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Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty and Navy
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th to early 20th Century.gif
Judicial Department
Reports toCounsel to the Admiralty
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderJohn Warter
Formation1703-1828

The Solicitor to the Admiralty and Navy was originally established in 1692 as the Solicitor for the Affairs of the Admiralty and Navy, this office was abolished in 1698. In 1703 the office of Solicitor to the Admiralty and Navy recreated. In 1828 his responsibilities to the office were widened when the post was renamed as the Solicitor to the Admiralty. The Solicitor to the Admiralty and Navy was the Department of Admiralty's chief legal adviser and legal practitioner who acted on its behalf until 1875 following the abolition of the High Court of the Admiralty.[1]

History

In 1703 an Assistant to the Admiralty Counsel was established who had previously been called the Solicitor of Admiralty Droits both of these offices were then held concurrently by the same person. However the post holder was always usually known as the Solicitor instead of the assistant counsel. Following a reorganisation with the admiralty's legal department the post holders duties were expanded he was then known as the Solicitor to the Admiralty. The office holder was the Admiralty's Chief Legal Adviser and Legal Practitioner who acted on its behalf. From 1870 the post became vacant and after 1875, when the High Court of Admiralty became part of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the new High Court of Justice, this office was abolished.[1]. The office holder was part of the admiralty's Judicial Department.

Office Holders

Included:[1]

  1. 1703-1718, John Warter
  2. 1718-1733, Thomas Jobber
  3. 1733-1747, Francis Winnington
  4. 1747-1749, Anthony Ryan
  5. 1749-1778, Samuel Seddon
  6. 1778-1796, James Dyson
  7. 1796-1828, Charles Bicknell [2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sainty, J.C. (1975). Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660–1870. London: University of London. p. 79.
  2. Office, Admiralty (March 1828). The Navy List. London, England: John Murray. p. 118.

Bibliography

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (1857). The Navy List. London, England: H.M. Stationery Office.
  2. Office, Admiralty (March 1834). "Judicial Department". The Navy List. London, England: John Murray.
  3. Sainty, J.C. (1975). Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. London: University of London.
  4. 'Solicitor 1692-1870', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), p. 79. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/p79 [accessed 5 January 2019].
  5. The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter Volume VI. London, England: Law Newspaper Company. 10 May 1862.