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Sir Henry Singer Keating
Justice of the Court of Common Pleas


Keating was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and admitted to the bar from the Inner Temple on May 4, 1832. He practiced on the Oxford circuit and was made a member of the Queen’s Counsel in 1849. In 1854, he Sir Henry Singer Keatingappeared as the plaintiff’s counsel in Hadley v. Baxendale (156 ER 145; 9 ExCh 341), an important case focusing on consequential damages arising for a breach of contract. During this time, Sir Keating authored the third and fourth editions of Smith’s Leading Cases with James Shaw Willes.

In 1852, Keating became a member of Parliament for Reading, a seat he held until he was promoted to the bench. In May 1857, he was appointed Solicitor-General and knighted. He lost his office when Lord Palmerston lost the Prime Ministership, but subsequently regained it when Palmerston again became Prime Minister in 1859. On December 14, 1859, Keating was appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Upon his retirement in 1875, Keating was sworn into the Privy Council.

The artist is Sir Andrew Morton (1802-1845), an English portrait artist who trained at the Royal Academy.

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