Fred Lawton subsequently built up a highly successful common law practice. Some of his well-known pupils included a young Margaret Thatcher and Robin, later Sir Robin Day. Down to earth and with a fiercely analytical mind, he went on the bench and was knighted in 1961, ending his career as a Lord Justice of Appeal.
When he retired, Lord Lane, adopting the words of the collect for Whit Sunday, said he had “a right judgement in all things”. By then Michael Havers had built a large practice in crime and general common law, and it was principally through him that the present day Chambers acquired its East Anglian connection leading to its Chelmsford annex.