Leslie Scott (British politician)
Born in 1869, the son of Sir John Scott, the Judicial Advisor to the Khedive of Egypt, and Edgeworth Leonora Hill. Scott was educated at Rugby School and at New College, Oxford. He was called to the bar in 1894, and was a member of both the Middle Temple and the Inner Temple.
Scott was Solicitor General for six months in 1922, until fall of the Lloyd George-led coalition government, and was knighted the same year. He had hoped to be appointed Attorney General, but never reached that office.
He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1927, and after leaving the House of Commons, he returned to his private legal practice. In 1935 he was appointed as an Lord Justice of Appeal, and in 1940 became the senior lord justice. Lord Justice Scott chaired the Committee on Land Utilisation in Rural Areas, established by Lord Reith in 1941; his report was one of the foundations of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act.
He retired in 1948, and died in Oxford in 1950.
- "The Law Officers". The Times. 7 March 1922. p. 12. Retrieved 5 September 2012.(subscription required)
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Sir Leslie Scott Papers, Archiveshub.ac.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2015
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Leslie Scott
- Portraits of Leslie Scott at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Catalogue of Scott's papers, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick
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