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- noun an English barrister of the highest rank
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JOHN BRADSHAW, serjeant-at-law, was appointed president.
His wife was a daughter of the Edgars, who flourished about four hundred years in the county of Suffolk, and produced an eminent and wealthy serjeant-at-law, Sir Gregory Edgar, in the reign of Henry the Seventh.
Memoirs of My Life and Writings Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794 1994
Boutell has figured this brass, which he states to be that of a serjeant-at-law.
The fiat had gone forth that no judge should be required henceforth to take or to have taken the degree of serjeant-at-law (36 and 37 Vict., c. 66, s. 8), and, as this was tantamount to the abolition of the order, it was resolved to sell the property of the inn.
Thereupon the Lord Chancellor issued a writ to each of them, summoning them to appear under a heavy penalty, and take upon themselves the state and degree of serjeant-at-law.
As soon as any member of an inn of court is raised by royal writ to the state, degree, and dignity of a serjeant-at-law, he ceases to be a member of the society.
An Essay on Professional Ethics Second Edition George Sharswood
From Fortescue's "De Laudibus Legum Angliæ," written in France after his withdrawal to that country with Queen Margaret in 1463, we learn that the rule was, when the degree of serjeant-at-law was to be conferred, for the Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, with the consent of the other justices, to nominate for the purpose seven or eight of the most experienced professors of the common law.
He was called to the degree of serjeant-at-law, 18 Nov., 1510, and six years later he was appointed king's serjeant.
Pickwick_ observed a learned serjeant-at-law make friendly salutation to his own counsel.
For the last ten years of his life he seems to have practised as serjeant-at-law in England, frequently serving as judge or commissioner of assize, and he died in 1626.
A History of Elizabethan Literature George Saintsbury 1889