Junior Barrister Piqued by Omission of his Name from News Report, 1871

From the Freeman’s Journal, 19 June 1871:

DEAR SIR – [D]uring the discussion before of the House of Commons of the Alliance Gas Bill, your reporter… has omitted both the names of Mr O’Hara and myself from the list of counsel retained against the bill. And further, in the report of the Tramways Bill on Friday, my name was also omitted, although I cross-examined and examined several witnesses on behalf of the prosecutors of the bill… I ask you to set the matter right. I have no doubt it arose from inadvertence, but you know that to a junior barrister the omission of his name from such cases is a positive injury…

John Norwood was a Junior on the North-Eastern Circuit at the date of this letter, before later becoming a Magistrate in Dublin. His letter illustrates the importance to Counsel of news reports featuring their names in an era where there was little other opportunity to publicise one’s areas of expertise!

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