of FB at various ages
photographs of FB
autobiographical writings by FB
'How Bratby Painted My Portrait', Published only
on this website
Full name Mr.
Francis Alan Roscoe BENNION
Born 2nd January 1923
at Wallasey, Cheshire, England, the only son of
Thomas Roscoe Bennion of Liverpool and his wife
Ellen Norah Bennion of Manchester.
Lyon Hall Preparatory
School, Harrow 1931-34.
School of John Lyon, Harrow 1934-39.
(13 from left in next to back row.) in the OTC
showing the Lucas-Tooth Shield
Christmas Term 1938) (School
Certificate 1939) (Speech
Day 1939) (Reference)
Andrews University, Scotland 1941 (RAFVR Aircrew
at St. Andrews; FB
in Bejant's gown
and Magnetism and Mathematics)
University of Oxford 1946-48 (Rowing
Balliol first eight 1947; President
Younger Society (Balliol) 1947-48; Hon. Secretary
Oxford University Law Society 1947-48. Matriculated
in law 1949, MA
written by FB at Oxford 1946-47)
Called to the
Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society
of the Middle Temple, January 1951 (14th
in Bar Finals).
Oxford University Gibbs
Oxford Jenkyns Law Prize, Younger Prize,
Paton Memorial Studentship.
Middle Temple Harmsworth
28 July 1951 Barbara Elisabeth Braendle of Little
Hadham, Herts (dissolved 1975), 3 daughters: Alexandra
Sarah 1954, Carola Elisabeth 1956, Venetia Mary
(2) 2 November
1977 Mary Anne Field (widow of Dr William Field
of Harley Street W1), née Lynch, of Limerick
City, Ireland; no issue.
clerk at Gosling’s Branch of Barclays Bank,
19 Fleet Street, London EC4 1940-41.
2. Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve, commissioned pilot 1941-46
Squadron, Coastal Command).
3. An editor
of Halsbury's Statutes with Butterworths
and tutor in law, St Edmund Hall in the University
of Oxford 1951-53. Announcement
at the Bar of England and Wales 1951-1994 (except
1965-73), including office as Parliamentary Counsel
(drafting UK government legislation) 1953-65 and
drafting in Pakistan 1956.
on secondment in Ghana, produced new system of publishing
statutes and statutory instruments (loose-leaf),
wrote Constitutional Law of Ghana, 1959-61.
on legislation at Treasury Centre for Administrative
Studies, and also at official Marlborough House
courses for Commonwealth draftsmen. 1963-65.
Chief Executive, Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors and Governor of the College of Estate
Statute Law Society 1968.
of general committee, Bar Association for Commerce,
Finance and Industry. Member, official working party
on Classification of U.K. statutes. Member of Heap
Committee, Vice-Chairman of Stow Hill Committee
(both set up by the Statute Law Society - reports
published in 1970 and 1972 respectively by Sweet
and Maxwell) 1968-71.
1968 and first national chairman 1968-1972, emeritus
chairman 1972 to date, Professional Association
(PAT, now Voice, the union for education professionals).
1968 and first chairman 1968-72, Vice President
1986 to date, World of Property Housing Trust (now
Sanctuary Housing Association).
to Jamaica Government and others on Constitutional
Law and Tax Law 1968-1975.
15. In 1970
founded Save the ’70 Exams.
Council of Legal Education 1982-1983 (lectures
to Bar students on Statutory Interpretation).
of the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford,
member of Congregation (Governing Body of University),
1984 to 2002. (retired on age grounds).
associate, University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal
Studies, 1984 to date.
a constitutional lawyer, has advised at various
times the governments of the United Kingdom, Pakistan,
Ghana, Jamaica and Gibraltar. Drafted constitutions
for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1956) and
Republic of Ghana (1959-1961) on those countries
attaining the status
In UK drafted legislation including Public Libraries
and Museums Act 1964, Consumer Credit Act 1974,
Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and
to membership of Mensa 1966.
Founder or co-founder
of the following registered charities:
World of Property
Housing Trust (now Sanctuary Housing Association)
Vice-President 1986 to date).
Association of Teachers, now VOICE. (co-founder
1968 and first chairman 1968-1972).
Educational Trust 1979 (co-founder).
Founder etc. of
of Literature and the Arts Society (DLAS), now
Censorship (member of Executive Committee 1968-1983).
Law, founder 1971.
Law Review, co-founder 1980.
FC, Chairman 1988-89 (Refounded).
Membership of other
and Collecting Society (ALCS).
Bar of England
Association of Legislative Counsel (CALC).
Lawyers Association (CLA).
Society of the Middle Temple.
Cricket Club (MCC).
of Legal Scholars (SLS) (formerly Society
of Legal Teachers of Law).
Tax Law Review
Society (Balliol College).
Law of Ghana 1962.
with the Law:Reforms in Legal Process 1970.
Credit Control (four
volumes loose leaf) 1976-2000.
Credit Act Manual, 1st edn 1978,
2nd edn 1981, 3rd edn 1986.
on Statute Law, 1st edn 1980,
2nd edn 1983, 3rd edn 1990
on Statutory Interpretation, 1st edn
1984, 2nd edn 1992, 3rd edn 1997, 4th edn 2002, 5th
Common Law Legislation 2002.
Ethics and Criminal Law 2003.
Offenses Act: Sexual Offences by Children 2003.
Ethics: The Consultant Professions and Their
Railway Days 1989.
Sex Code: Morals for Moderns 1991.
Blight of Blairism 2002.
Bennion Undraped 2003.
Law Reports Annual Review (Chapter on Statute Law)
1985 - to date.
Sources of Law (ed. R. G. Logan) 1986.
Commission and Law reform (ed. G. Zellick)
Legal Education (ed. P. Birks) 1994.
Laws of England (4th edn reissue, title Statutes)1995.
of National Biography 2004.
Brian Hunt's The
Irish Statute Book: A Guide to Irish Legislation 2007
Articles in legal
Law and justice Weekly.
of Business Law.
of the Judicial Studies Board.
of the Law Society.
of the Society of Legal Scholars.
of the Peace.
Ireland Legal Quarterly.
of New South Wales Law Journal.
of Current Legal Issues.
Assiduous writer to
the editor, with over 100 letters published in The
Air Force Volunteer Reserve, commissioned pilot
Testimonial from Barclays Bank on joining the