In Episode 2: David Ainger, oral historian Sarah Gudgin meets veteran Chancery barrister David Ainger who reflects on his longstanding relationship with the Inn spanning 66 years as well as talking about some of the changes he has witnessed in that time.
David Ainger was born in Bristol in 1935. After leaving Marlborough College he completed two and a half years of National Service, including two years in the Canal Zone and six months in Cyprus. David has a love of history, old buildings and books and claims that the Library of Lincoln’s Inn was the primary cause of his joining the Inn as a student in 1957. In 1958 he went up to Oxford, where he attended Lincoln College and obtained a Law Degree, afterwards going to the US to study American Law at Cornell University.
David was called to the Bar in 1961 and joined Chancery Chambers in Old Square. He describes his practice as being “a typical old-fashioned Chancery practice, including conveyancing and advising on title (much land was unregistered, boundary disputes, easements, water rights (including River Navigations and foreshore trusts, wills, rights of common, village greens and taxation. Unusually for a junior he litigated in Hong Kong twice, in a case which went to the Privy Council. In due course he became one of the Conveyancing Counsel to the Court. David became a Bencher in December 1993 and joined the Library Committee, eventually becoming its Chairman for eight years, during which time he reviewed each proposed new edition. He retired in about 2012, but still sits on the Library Committee and occasionally attends Chapel and other events, including the annual Christmas Bench Dinner.