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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/192-21
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1823-1933
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 55 production units.
Name of creator(s): Law Life Assurance Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Society was established in 1823, with a subscribed capital of 1,000,000. By February 1859 it had become the second largest life insurance company in Britain (Insurance Gazette), with a home business concentrated on those in the law, army, navy and church. The Society also attracted a number of celebrity and wealthy clients.

From 1823-35 the Society was based in Lincoln's Inn Fields, and from 1835-1909 in Fleet Street in the City of London. In 1909/10 the Society was acquired by Phoenix Assurance.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Law Life Assurance Society comprise: policy registers 1823-1912; minutes 1823-1911; accounts 1823-91; papers relating to the transfer of business to Phoenix Assurance 1909-10; and papers concerning directors of the company 1910-33.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of Law Life Assurance Society have been deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library at various dates since 1974. They were catalogued between 1975 and 1991. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The records of Phoenix Assurance are held by Cambridge University Library.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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