Paul Ogden Lawrence

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Sir Paul Ogden Lawrence (1861–1952) was an eminent barrister and judge.[1] He was educated at Malvern College, Worcestershire[2] He was appointed a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 1926. Sir Paul's sisters Penelope, Dorothy, and Millicent founded Roedean School; their Lawrence great aunts had been governesses and school teachers, mainly in Liverpool, earlier in the century.

He was the second son of Philip Henry Lawrence, solicitor, later barrister, of Chelsea, London, whose mother was Frances S. Ogden, the youngest child of a well known New Jersey legal family, her father being Abraham Ogden. Susan Lawrence, the Labour politician, was his first cousin.


He read for the bar at Lincoln's Inn and was called to the bar in November 1882, after which he practiced on the Northern Circuit.[3] He took silk in 1896 and began a practice at the Chancery[disambiguation needed] bar in London. He was appointed a Chancery judge in 1918, and chaired two committees on legal aid between 1919 and 1925. In 1926 he became a judge of the Court of Appeal and was made a privy councillor.

His father had done pioneer work in helping preserve the commons around London; Sir Paul carried on this work, especially with Wimbledon Common.

See also[edit]

List of Privy Counsellors appointed in 1926


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Lawrence, Sir Paul Ogden (1861–1952)
  2. ^ Paul Ogden Lawrence. The Malvern Register 1865-1905, 1905, pp107.
  3. ^  Foster, Joseph (1885). "Lawrence, Paul Ogden". Men-at-the-Bar (second ed.). London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney. p. 269. 

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