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Christopher Nyholm Shawcross, KC (June 20, 1905 - August 18, 1973) was a British lawyer and Labour politician.

He was the younger son of John Shawcross and Hilda Constance Asser.[1] He was educated at Dulwich College and University College, Oxford, before going on to study law at Gray's Inn.[2]

He was called to the bar in 1931 and practised at the Common Law Bar in London and in the Midland Circuit.[2] With the outbreak of the Second World War, Shawcross joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, where he reached the rank of commander.[2] [1]

At the 1945 general election he was returned as Labour MP for Widnes. He was a Europhile parliamentarian, serving on the Parliamentary Committee on the Channel Tunnel, the all party group for European Union, and the British Council of the European Movement. He retired from politics in 1950.[2]

He became a King's Counsel in 1949, and pursued a distinguished legal career. In particular he worked in new areas of law, producing books on motor insurance and air law.[2] [3] [4] he retired from the Bar in 1961, but returned to practice in the South Eastern Circuit in 1969.

Christopher Shawcross married twice. His 1931 marriage to Doreen Burrows was dissolved in 1949, and he married Maridel Chance in the same year and they had two children.[2] [1] He was the younger brother of Hartley Shawcross, also a distinguished lawyer and Labour politician.

He died at his home in Haywards Heath, Sussex, aged 68.[2]

References

Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page

  1. ^ a b c Darryl Lundy (2008). "Person Page - 23961". thePeerage.com, A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. http://www.thepeerage.com/p23961.htm#i239604. Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Obituary: Mr C. N. Shawcross, The Times, August 21, 1973, p.14
  3. ^ C N Shawcross, The Law of Motor Insurance, London, 1935
  4. ^ Christopher N Shawcross and others, Shawcross and Beaumont on Air Law, London, 1951
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Antony Pilkington
Member of Parliament for Widnes
19451950
Succeeded by
James Eugene MacColl
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