Herbert Broom

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Herbert Broom (1815–1882) was an English writer on law.


Broom was born at Kidderminster in 1815, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a wrangler in 1837.[1] He proceeded LL.D. in 1864. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in Michaelmas term 1840, and practised on the home circuit. For a considerable period he occupied the post of reader of common law at the Inner Temple. He died at the Priory, Orpington, Kent, on 2 May 1882.

Legal Maxims (1845) gained wide circulation as an established text-book for students.


Law books
  • Practical Rules for determining Parties to Actions, 1843.
  • Legal Maxims, 1845. Fifth edition, 1870.
  • Practice of Superior Courts, 1850.
  • Practice of County Courts, 1852.
  • Commentaries on the Common Law, 1856.
  • Constitutional Law viewed in relation to Common Law and exemplified by Cases, 1st edition 1866; 2nd edition 1885.
  • Commentaries on the Laws of England (with E. Hadley), 1869.
  • Philosophy of Law; Notes of Lectures, 1876-8.
  • The Missing Will, 1877
  • The Unjust Steward, 1879


  1. ^ "Broom, Herbert (BRN832H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

 "Broom, Herbert". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.