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Lecturer and Reader in English Legal History, Christ’s College

  • Born 31st March 1928 - Southsea (nr Portsmouth)
    • Father: Lt- Col J C L Yale
    • Mother: Beatrice Yale (nee Breese)
  • 1942-46: Malvern College
  • 1947-49: Queens’ College, Cambridge, BA
  • 1950-51: Christ’s College, Cambridge, Research Fellowship, LLB
  • 1951: Bar, Inner Temple
  • 1952-69: Christ’s College, Ass Lecturer/Lecturer in Law
  • 1955: Earliest publication - CLJ, Tort - maintenance
  • 1957: Lord Nottingham's Chancery Cases. Vol.1, Selden Soc, vol 73, 141+ 446pp.
  • 1959: Married Elizabeth Ann (nee Brett), from Belfast
  • 1961: Lord Nottingham's Chancery Cases, Vol. 2, Selden Soc, vol 79, 805 pp
  • 1962: Sabbatical, Yale
  • 1965: Lord Nottingham’s "Manual of Chancery" and "Prolegomena of Chancery and Equity" CUP, 356pp.
  • 1969-93: Reader in English Legal History
  • 1970-93: Editor of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History
  • 1974-81: Editor Cambridge Law Journal
  • 1976: Sir Matthew Hale’s The Prerogatives of the King, Selden Society vol 92, 76 + 353 pp.
  • 1976-79: Faculty Chairman
  • 1976-80: Literary Director Selden Soc (with Toby Milsom)
  • 1980-1990: Literary Director Selden Soc (with John Baker)
  • 1980: Fellow British Academy
  • 1992: Retired
  • 1993: Prichard M J & Yale, D E C (Eds). Hale and Fleetwood on Admiralty Jurisdiction, Selden Society, vol. 108, 420pp.
  • 1994-97: President of the Selden Society
  • 1999: The David Yale Prize of the Selden Society established in his honour
  • 2000: Hon QC
  • 2009: Bencher