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REVIEW ON SEVEN LAMPS OF ADVOCACY – EDWARD ABBOTT PERRY

- Ruchi Sharma (BC0140049)


- Date: 20.08.18

Justice Abbott Parry in his book “Seven Lamps of Advocacy” suggested some qualities of
an Advocate that one must possess. Justice ‘Abbot Parry’ qualifies the following qualities as
“Seven Lamps of Advocacy”. They are (i) Honesty (ii) Courage (iii) Industry (iv) Wit (v)
Eloquence, (vi) Judgment and (vii) Fellowship.

The book consists of a series seven qualities which are necessary and are ought to be the
personal qualities which make great lawyers. The author writes the book making critical
thoughts about the legal profession which makes the reader believe that his ideals for the bar
are high, and that is something which is reflected in the book which he points out in way of
seven qualities or in is words the seven lamps of advocacy. If we look at these seven lamps,
he places that of Honesty first. Dr. John- son's argument, that it is for the judge, not the
lawyer, to determine on which side justice lies, the author says that an advocate should not do
illegal practices. He should not do any act which will lead to professional misconduct. He
should disclose the real facts and legal profession to his clients frankly. Honesty, integrity
and character are inseparable. These there virtues together are essential for the success of an
advocate. The great sages of law had sucked the law from the breasts of knowledge, honesty,
gravity and integrity. The Second Lamp as he points out is Courage, which guides the lawyer
through his daily tasks which is very important to assert the independence and integrity of the
bar. The third is the lamp of Industry in which he says that an advocate must acquire the
knowledge of every field. He must learn about all professions. Industry brings a good fame
and name to an advocate. Law changes day-to-day. To acquire up to date knowledge an
advocate must refer international and national journals, reference books of his library and the
bar library. The fourth is the Lamp of Wit has often which has helped to charm the jury into a
favourable verdict, but the author also mentions that the fifth lamp which is the "the high
privilege of lighting the torch at the Lamp of Eloquence is a gift of the gods, for orators are
born, not made." And From the Lamp of Judgment comes the inspiration "to translate good
sense into right action", but the author reminds us, with many examples to prove his point,
that in order for a verdict to be a good judgement the most important is experience. Lastly,
we are shown the Lamp of Fellowship, which has burned brightly for the English speaking
bar for many centuries, in the Temple and the venerable Inns of Court and wherever lawyers
have lived and worked together. And such professional association is essential to the true
success of the bar, “for it is by keeping the lamp of fellowship burning that we encourage
each other to walk in the light of the seven lamps of advocacy."