Reginald Ward Poole

Sir Reginald Ward Edward Lane Poole, KCVO (23 November 1864 – 11 August 1941) was a prominent British solicitor who became President of the Law Society and, according to The Times, "to the public at large perhaps the best known solicitor of his day".[1]


Poole was born in Paddington, London, the son of Professor Reginald Stuart Poole of London and Eliza Christina Forlonge of Tasmania.[2] He was educated at Bedford School and at the University of London. He was articled to Sir George Lewis, 1st Baronet in 1887, admitted as a solicitor in 1891, and became a partner of Lewis and Lewis, one of the best known legal firms in the country, in 1894, becoming sole partner of the firm in 1927. He was a member of the Council of the Law Society, between 1919 and 1940, President of the Law Society, between 1933 and 1934, Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Law Society, a Member of the Royal Commission on Police Powers and Procedure, in 1929, and a Member of the Committee appointed by the Lord Chancellor to consider the Law of Defamation, in 1939.[3]

Sir Reginald Ward Poole was invested as a Knight Bachelor in 1928,[4] and as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1934.[5] He died in London on 11 August 1941, aged 76.[1]


  1. ^ a b Obituary, The Times, 12 August 1941, p.6
  2. ^ 1891 England Census
  3. ^ "Who's Who".
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