David Jenkins, Baron Jenkins

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David Llewelyn Jenkins, Baron Jenkins PC QC (8 April 1899 – 21 July 1969)[1] was a British judge.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Exmouth, he was the third son of Sir John Lewis Jenkins and his wife Florence Mildred, second daughter of Sir Arthur Trevor.[2] Jenkins was educated at Charterhouse School and fought then with the 12th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) in the First World War.[3] After the war, he went to Balliol College, Oxford, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1920, winning the Hertford and Ireland scholarship.[3] Jenkins was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn three years later and made his Master of Arts in 1928.[3]


He was made a King's Counsel in 1938 and subsequently served in the Royal Army Service Corps during the Second World War.[3] In 1945, he became a bencher[4] and in 1946 he was nominated Attorney-General of the Duchy of Lancaster.[5] Jenkins joined the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division in 1947 and on this occasion was created a Knight Bachelor.[3] Two years later he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and on 31 May 1949 sworn of the Privy Council.[4] After another decade he was chosen a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and in consequence was created a life peer under the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876 as Baron Jenkins, of Ashley Gardens, in the City of Westminster.[6] He chaired the Jenkins Committee on Company Law and in 1953 became governor of Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse.[3]

He was unmarried and died childless.[4]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Walford, Edward (1919). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. p. 724. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Who is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1963. p. 1597. 
  4. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - David Llewelyn Jenkins, Baron Jenkins". Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "no. 37583". The London Gazette. 28 May 1946. p. 2561. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "no. 41676". The London Gazette. 7 April 1959. p. 2264. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 

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Legal offices
Last known title holder:
Sir Herbert Cunliffe
Attorney-General of the
Duchy of Lancaster

Succeeded by
Gerald Upjohn