MR. C.B. MORISON, K.C.
Widespread regret -\vill be felt at the news of the= death, of Mr. C; B. Morisan, K.C., who passed 'awaty at his residence, Aurora-terrace, yesterday, after a, long illness. Born at ■■Elgin,- , Scotland, in 1861, . the deceased, gentleman caine'to New Zealand with his parents when a small boy, and was educated at' Nelson College. On leaving there ha was articled.'."fas'th&V late Mr. A. R. Bunny,, barrister and solicitqr,; Masterton, :in which capacity he early (Jerflloped a talent for the higher branches of the profession which; eventually brought him into prominence as ike chief authority in 'the Dominion on Company Law. On being admitted to the bar, Mr. Morison practised at Woodville on his own account, but after a short term there came tb: Wellington, and entered into partnership with Mr. A. Ei. Atkinson. Later, that union was dissolved,., and Mr. Morison took Mrr C. A. Loughnan as a partner, the new firm taking over the legal business of Sir W. Bassett Edwards, oil the latter's elevation to '.the Supreme Court bench. When Mr..o. A. Loughnan left to practice in Palmerston North, he was succeeded in the firm by his brother, Mr. P. 0. B. Loiighhan, which partnership came to an end in 1904. For two ydars Mr. Morison practised alone,, and in 1906 he took the late Mr." G. M'Lean into partnership, and, on the ' latter's death in 1908; admitted Mr: W: 'S. Smith to partnership. Throughout his professional careor Mr. Morison' was recognised as an able pleader and a sound lawyer, and his appointment as King's Counsel was regarded by the profession as a fitting tribute to his, ability. Twice he contested the Otaki seat, on behalf of the Reform Party, first against the late jVli\ Henry -A. Field, and then against the present member, Mr, W. H. Field, arid on both occasions,was defeated by only, a narrow margin; ' Mr. Morison has contributed works of solid value to the literature of taw in this, country. His "Law of Limited Liability Companies in New Zealand," published in 1904* is a standard work of undisputed importance. He also published a volume on the ."Licensing Laws of New Zealand," and as late as 1916, published his "Principles of the Rescission of Contracts," which was laudatorily reviewed by such able practitioners as Sir John Findlay, K.C., Mr. 0. P. Skerrett, K.C.}-and Mr. A. R,. Atkinson, who agreed that it was a work no law. library in .New Zealand sb.ou.ld be wzthout. ■ ' •
Mr. Morison, whose high personal character won him the respect of all, leaves a widow (who- was a daughter of the late Colonel Haultaine), two sons (Captain B. H. Morison, 'M.C., of the Main Body, and Captain Gordon Morison, M.C., also of the firm of Morispn. and Smith), and two daughters, Misses Majo.ry and.Claire Morison. Bliss Jane Morison, of Masterton, is a sister. The interment will be private. In a review of Mr. Mnrison's Jas,t publication:—"Rescission of Contracts : A treatise on the Principles Governing the Rescission, Discharge, Avoidance, and Dissolution of Contracts,"— by The Post, on the sth September, 1917, it was stated: "Mr. Morion has succeeded in compressing into the'2oo pages of which, apart from the supplementary matter, his volume consists, an amount of labour, learning, acumen, and lucid exposition which would have sufficed for a dozen fat treatises of the simple enumeration type."" The review concluded thus:— "We shall be disappointed if the result »f their labours (those directly concerned in the.publication) is not to place 'Morisou on Rescission,' alongside of 'Salmond on Torts,' as a New Zealand textbook, with a world-wide reputation." We believe our opinion has since' been susttunec! by that of the profession both here and,at Home.
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