Farrer, Ouvry and Co.
Farrer, Ouvry & Co. was a law firm established in London, England in 1701. Over the centuries, many of their clients have been British royals and nobility.1 In 1869, Angela Burdett-Coutts, the daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, hired lawyers from Farrer, Ouvry & Co. to assist in detailing the position of the [Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts] in relation to policy and deeds of trust.3 In 1870, Burdett-Coutts wrote to Earl Granville to inform him of the establishment of the Archdeaconries of British Columbia and questioned with whom the reversionary interest should rest if the government were to give up British Columbia.4 Farrer, Ouvry & Co., sent a statement to the Colonial Office explaining why suggested amendments to the rules [regarding deed titles] should not be allowed to stand.5 The Colonial Office finds the letter puzzling.In their minutes, staff recount that British Columbia may long remain a British Colony, but they cannot blame any lawyer…who being employed as laywers [sic] are to provide for all imaginable contingencies.6
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