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Irish LondonMiddle-Class Migration in the Global Eighteenth Century$
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Craig Bailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318818

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318818.001.0001

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Working Relationships

Working Relationships

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Irish London

Craig Bailey

Liverpool University Press

The title of this chapter, ‘Working Relationships’, signals a discussion of business, but also of the organization and use of social connections. Irish lawyers earned their livings by performing various professional services for a range of different clients, yet their involvement in Irish cases was particularly striking. Lawyers acted as brokers between different Irish parties, and as this chapter argues, success in that role depended upon the practitioner's access to broader sets of Irish connections. The demands of Irish business created spaces in which middle-class migrants could develop working relationships with each other. Barristers, attorneys, and conveyancers built upon the communal ties established by law students but their Irish connections extended far beyond the Inns of Court. Lawyers fostered close links with merchants, catholics interacted with protestants, and there was contact between members of the landed elite, the middle class and the middling sorts. By building practices that crossed boundaries of professional interest, religion and status, these migrants participated in the construction of Irish communities both within and beyond the metropolis.

Keywords:   Lawyer, Broker, Barrister, Attorney, Catholics, Protestants

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