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Claude Baggallay

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Claude Bagallay (1853-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

CLAUDE BAGGALLAY, K.C., who died somewhat suddenly on the 13th July, 1906, was the fourth son of Sir Richard Baggallay, who was twice Solicitor-General, Attorney-General in 1874, and a Lord Justice of Appeal from 1875 to 1885.

He was born on the 26th October, 1853, and was educated at Blackheath Proprietary School. After serving his articles with a London firm of solicitors, he proceeded to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he gained the first place in the second class of the Law Tripos in 1877, took his degree of LL.B. in 1878, and became LL.M. in 1881.

Called to the Bar on the 3rd July, 1878, by Lincoln’s Inn, he went the Midland Circuit; but for many years he was occupied mainly at the Parliamentary Bar, where, both as a junior and a leader, he enjoyed a considerable practice.

Mr. Baggallay was concerned in many important Parliamentary contests, amongst others, that of the Thames Conservancy Bill of 1894, for the conduct of which, as chief junior engaged, Mr. Baggallay was largely responsible. He also held general retainers for most of the London Water Companies and was concerned as counsel in all their parliamentary business, of which he had exceptional knowledge. He was retained by several of the companies when the Metropolis Water Bill was introduced and passed in 1902, and he subsequently appeared in several of the heavy arbitrations which were the outcome of the passing of that Act. Mr. Baggallay was one of the ablest and most reliable draughtsmen of his day at the Parliamentary Bar.

In 1881 he married a daughter of Sir Richard Henry Wyatt, of Garthyngared, Merionethshire.

Mr. Baggallay was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 1st December, 1896.

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