Extent and form : 7 minute books and 1 document

Access: BCO/09/06 and BCO/09/07 closed for 75 years under Data Protection legislation.

Reproduction: photocopying not permitted, due to the large number of attachments. Photography of the minutes permitted. Photography of the attachments at the IALS Archivist’s discretion.

Administrative history: the Professional Conduct Committee was one of the standing committees established under the Bar Council Regulations of 1896.

Scope and content: contains signed minutes. The minute books contain attachments, mainly agenda papers from 1935-1954 and letters. There are fewer attachments after 1945, when they almost entirely comprise agenda papers.

It appears the minutes of the Professional Conduct Committee after June 1954 are no longer extant, as later minutes were not transferred to IALS. From January 1951 the minutes are typescript and pasted into the minute books, so it is a reasonable assumption filing practice changed to a different method in 1954, such as filing in folders, and this may account for the lack of continuity in the survival of the minutes.

Finding aids: each volume contains an integral index. There is a system of cross referencing in the margins to the minutes of other meetings, to the minute books of other committees and to the letter books.

Important notes for users: great care must be taken when unfolding the documents attached to these volumes, to prevent damage to either the volume or the attached documents.

Where pages are stuck together they must not be forced apart – please alert the IALS Archivist if you find any such pages not noted below, so arrangements can be made for them to be assessed by a conservator.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and contents
BCO/09/01 Professional Conduct Standing Committee minute book vol.1 15 March 1896 – 27 February 1900 1 volume  
BCO/09/02 Professional Conduct Standing Committee minute book vol.2 10 May 1900 – 23 July 1908 1 volume  
BCO/09/03a Professional Conduct Committee minute book vol.3 16 October 1908 – 29 January 1914 1 volume  
BCO/09/03b Long Vacation Note 1911 1 document

Found inserted at p62 of minute book 3, although it does not appear to relate to any items discussed at meetings in 1911.

BCO/09/04 Professional Conduct Committee minute book vol.4 19 February 1914 – 16 April 1920 1 volume  
BCO/09/05 Professional Conduct Committee minute book vol.5 17 May 1920 – 3 July 1934 1 volume Pages 5-9, 250-258, 262-263 and 269-index are stuck together – do not attempt to separate.
BCO/09/06 Professional Conduct Committee minute book vol.6 19 July 1934 – 27 October 1949 1 volume  
BCO/09/07 Professional Conduct Committee minute book vol.7 31 January 1950 – 2 June 1954 1 volume Typescript from 10 January 1951.
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