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George Mallows Freeman, 1850-1934

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1850
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Date of Death: 1934.03.07
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Identity:

George Mallows Freeman was a barrister. He was the eldest son of Robert Freeman.

Life:

Freeman, a graduate of Oxford, was called to the bar at the Inner Temple Trinity on 6 June 1874. He was registered at the following addresses: 68 Regent's Park Road, N.W.; 11 King's Bench Walk, Temple in 1885; Palace Chambers, 9 Bridge Street; 33 Phillimore Gardens, South Kensington. He specialised at the Parliamentary Bar, the South East circuit and the Mayor's Court.

Freeman was a barrister on behalf of the plaintiff in the Whistler v. Ruskin trial in November 1878 (#12076). He wrote to JW's lawyer James Anderson Rose in April 1878: 'As this is a comment on a work of art publicly exhibited it is prima facie privileged unless malice can be shown. As however the dft has travelled beyond criticism of the picture & launched violent criticism of the plf himself & his motives & as in such cases the temperance or violence of the language used is largely to be considered the libel itself will be sufficient & the proper evidence for the [proof?] of malice' (#11999).

Bibliography:

Foster, Joseph, Men at the Bar: a biographical hand-list of the members of the various inns of court, including Her Majesty's judges, London, 1885, p. 167; The Law Society Calendar, London, 1887; City of London Directory, London, 1900; The Times, London, Friday, 9 March 1934, p. 1.