CIVIL PROCEDURE: THE BEHRENS’ EFFECT

Civil Litigation Brief

His Honour Judge Behrens, the resident Chancery judge in Leeds, retires tomorrow. This led me to consider the contribution he has made to civil procedure.

JOHN BEHRENS AT THE BAR

I could begin by telling of the  meticulous neatness of John’s room whilst he was in practice, (however that may not be quite true). What is definitely true, however, is John’s generosity with his time and expertise which he freely gave to other members of chambers.  These matters are often forgotten.  For many years  John served as a fount of knowledge and support to his colleagues at 10 Park Square (as it then was).

Also John’s guidance and patience with his pupils should be remembered (some of us may have required more patience than others).  He clearly inspired legal erudition. One of his pupils went on to become a Law Commissioner.   John  once remarked that he had had a…

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