The Lord Lindley
|Lord of Appeal in Ordinary|
10 May 1900 - 2 December 1905
|Master of the Rolls|
19 October 1897 - 9 May 1900
|The Lord Esher|
|The Lord Alverstone|
29 November 1828
Acton Green, London, England
|Died||9 December 1921(aged 93)|
|Education||University College School|
|Alma mater||University College London|
Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley, (29 November 1828 - 9 December 1921) was an English judge.
He was the second son of the botanist John Lindley, born at Acton Green, London. From his mother's side he was descended from Sir Edward Coke. He was educated at University College School, and studied for a time at University College London.
He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1850, and began practice in the Court of Chancery. In 1855 he published An Introduction to the Study of Jurisprudence, consisting of a translation of the general part of Thibaut's System des Pandekten Rechts, with copious notes. In 1860 he published in two volumes his Treatise on the Law of Partnership, including its Application to Joint Stock and other Companies, and in 1862 a supplement including the Companies Act 1862. This work has since been developed into two textbooks well known to lawyers as Lindley on Companies and Lindley on Partnership. Among his pupils were Francis William Maclean, later Chief Justice of Bengal, and Frederick Pollock.
In 1875, he was appointed to be a Serjeant-at-law and a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, the appointment of a chancery barrister to a common-law court being justified by the fusion of common law and equity then shortly to be brought about, in theory at all events, by the Judicature Acts.
In 1897, Lord Justice Lindley succeeded Lord Esher as Master of the Rolls, and in 1900 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary with a life peerage and the title of Baron Lindley, of East Carleton in the County of Norfolk. He resigned the judicial post in 1905.
Mount Lindley in Antarctica is named after him.
He married Sarah Katharine, daughter of Edward John Teale of Leeds, on 5 Aug 1858. He died at home in East Carleton, near Norwich, in 1921. They had nine children, including diplomat Sir Francis Oswald Lindley.
Lord Lindley published two notable works, Lindley on Companies and Lindley on Partnership. The latter is still published today, as Lindley and Banks on Partnership, now in its 19th edition (2013).