Broom, Herbert (DNB00)
|←Brookshaw, Richard||Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 06
BROOM, HERBERT (1815–1882), writer on law, born at Kidderminster in 1815, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a wrangler in 1837. He proceeded LL.D. in 1864. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in Michaelmas term 1840, and practised on the home circuit. For a considerable period he occupied the post of reader of common law at the Inner Temple. He died at the Priory, Orpington, Kent, on 2 May 1882. He was the author of several works on different branches of law, among which 'Legal Maxims,' first published in 1845, obtained a wide circulation as an established text-book for students. A fifth edition appeared in 1870. Of his other works the principal are:
- 'Practical Rules for determining Parties to Actions,' 1843.
- 'Practice of Superior Courts,' 1850.
- 'Practice of County Courts,' 1852.
- 'Commentaries on the Common Law,' 1856.
- 'Constitutional Law viewed in relation to Common Law and exemplified by Cases,' 1st edition 1866; 2nd edition 1885.
- 'Commentaries on the Laws of England' (with E. Hadley), 1869.
- 'Philosophy of Law; Notes of Lectures,' 1876-8.
He was also the author of two novels, 'The Missing Will,' 1877, and 'The Unjust Steward,' 1879.
[Law Journal, xvii. 260; Solicitors' Journal, xxvi. 453.]