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Title: Slaughter, Sir William Capel (1857-1917)
Contributor(s): Lunney, Mark (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: Slaughter, Sir William Capel (1857-1917), lawyer, was born at 9 Langton Place, Vassall Road, Kennington, London, on 1i May 1857 and was the sixth and youngest child, and second son, of Mihill Slaughter (d.1880), the secretary of the railways' department of the stock exchange, and his wife, Ann Erskine, nee Capel. Little is known about the kind of education the Slaughter children received; the biographical notes that survive suggest that he was educated privately, a euphemism of the period suggesting education at home by a governess or tutor. He did not attend university and his legal training, common at the time, was a five-year period as an articled clerk to a solicitor. Slaughter was articled to the firm of Benjamin Gay Wilkinson and George Bernard Harvey Drew in Bermondsey Street. Although he learned the fundamentals of law with this firm, it did no commercial work, and Slaughter's first professional exposure to the field of work in which he would make his name occurred in 1879 when he joined the leading firm of solicitors Ashurst Morris Crisp & Co.Here John Morris, a highly respected commercial lawyer, became his mentor.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, v.50, p. 923-924
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Oxford
ISBN: 019861411X
Field of Research (FOR): 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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