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Full name Mr. Francis Alan
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.
His name has been in Who’s
Who since 1968 and in Debrett’s People of Today
since it was established in 1982. The latter says in a 2013 brochure
‘People of Today annually recognises individuals
who are the most influential in their chosen fields. Entry is
by invitation only.’
Lyon Hall Preparatory School,
School of John Lyon, Harrow 1934-39.
(13 from left in next to back row.) in the OTC showing the Lucas-Tooth
Christmas Term 1938) (School
Certificate 1939) (Speech
Day 1939) (Reference)
Andrews University, Scotland 1941 (RAFVR Aircrew course.)
at St. Andrews; FB
in Bejant's gown
and Magnetism and Mathematics)
Balliol College, 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).
Balliol College Oxford
Jenkyns Law Prize, Younger Prize, Paton Memorial Studentship.
Married (1) 28 July
1951 Barbara Elisabeth Braendle of Little Hadham, Herts (dissolved
1975), 3 daughters: Alexandra Sarah 1954, Carola Elisabeth 1956,
Venetia Mary 1960;
(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 (221
Squadron, Coastal Command).
3. An editor of Halsbury's
Statutes with Butterworths 1948.
4. Lecturer and tutor in law,
St Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford 1951-53. Announcement
5. Practice at the Bar of
England and Wales 1951-1994 (except 1965-73), including office
as Parliamentary Counsel (drafting UK government legislation)
1953-65 and 1973-75.
6. Constitutional drafting
in Pakistan 1956.
7. Drafting on secondment
in Ghana, produced new system of publishing statutes and statutory
instruments (loose-leaf), wrote Constitutional Law of Ghana, 1959-61.
8. Lecturer 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 Management 1965-68.
10. Founded Statute Law Society
11. Member 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.
12. Co-founder 1968 and first
national chairman 1968-1972, emeritus chairman 1972 to date, Professional
Association of Teachers (PAT, now Voice, the union for education
13. Founder 1968 and first
chairman 1968-72, Vice President 1986 to date, World of Property
Housing Trust (now Sanctuary Housing Association).
14. Consultant to Jamaica
Government and others on Constitutional Law and Tax Law 1968-1975.
15. In 1970 founded Save
the ’70 Exams.
16. Lecturer, Council of Legal
Education 1982-1983 (lectures to Bar students on Statutory Interpretation).
17. Member of the Law Faculty
of the University of Oxford, member of Congregation (Governing
Body of University), 1984 to 2002. (retired on age grounds).
18. Research associate, University
of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, 1984 to date.
General: As 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 of independent
republics. In UK drafted legislation including Public Libraries
and Museums Act 1964, Consumer Credit Act 1974, Sex Discrimination
Act 1975, and many other Acts.
to membership of Mensa 1966.
Founder or co-founder of the
following registered charities:
Statute Law Society 1968.
World of Property Housing
Trust (now Sanctuary Housing Association) 1968.
(Chairman 1968-72, Vice-President
1986 to date).
Professional Association of
Teachers, now VOICE. (co-founder 1968 and first chairman 1968-1972).
Dicey Trust 1975.
Towards One World 1979.
Areopagitica Educational Trust
Statute Law Trust 1992.
Founder etc. of other organisations:
of Literature and the Arts Society (DLAS), now Campaign Against
Censorship (member of Executive Committee 1968-1983).
Freedom Under Law, founder
Law Review, co-founder 1980.
Oxford City FC, Chairman 1988-89
Membership of other organisations:
Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).
Bar of England and Wales.
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
Tax Law Review Committee
Society (Balliol College).
Constitutional Law of
Tangling with the Law:Reforms
in Legal Process 1970.
Credit Control (four volumes loose leaf) 1976-2000.
Consumer 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 Code 1969.
Railway Days 1989.
Sex Code: Morals for Moderns
Blight of Blairism 2002.
Bennion Undraped 2003.
Contributions to books:
All England Law Reports Annual
Review (Chapter on Statute Law) 1985 - to date.
Information Sources of
Law (ed. R. G. Logan) 1986.
The Law Commission and
Law reform (ed. G. Zellick) 1988.
Reviewing Legal Education
(ed. P. Birks) 1994.
Halsbury's Laws of England
(4th edn reissue, title Statutes)1995.
Oxford Dictionary of National
Brian Hunt's The Irish
Statute Book: A Guide to Irish Legislation 2007 (Consulting
Articles in legal journals:
British Tax Review.
Computers and Law.
Criminal Law and justice
Criminal Law Review.
Denning Law Journal.
Journal of Business Law.
Journal of the Judicial
Journal of the Law Society.
Journal of the Society
of Legal Scholars.
Justice of the Peace.
Law Society's Gazette.
Modern Law Review.
New Law Journal.
Northern Ireland Legal
Statute Law Review.
University of New South
Wales Law Journal.
Web Journal of Current
Freelance journalism for:
London Review of Books.
Assiduous writer to the editor, with
over 100 letters published in The Times alone.
Air Force Volunteer Reserve, commissioned pilot 1941-46
Testimonial from Barclays Bank on joining the RAF