Harold Gutteridge was born on 16 July 1876 at Naples, Italy, where his father was a pioneer of
department stores in southern Italy. He was initially educated at a Swiss school in Naples, and then
The Leys School, and to King͛s College Cambridge where he took a first class honours degree in the
historical and law triposes. He was called to the bar in 1900 taking silk in 1930, practicing mainly in
commercial matters until 1914 when he joined the Territorial Army, serving in the Army Ordnance
Corps in Salonika 1916-19. He was mentioned in despatches and retired as a captain. In 1905 he
married and had three children. In 1919 he was elected Sir Ernest Cassel professor of industrial and
commercial law in the University of London, holding the post for 11 years, developing the faculty of
law into a full-time faculty. In 1930 the University of Cambridge created for him a readership in
comparative law, which was later converted into a chair, which he held until 1941. He was a Fellow
of Trinity Hall. He was a member of many government commissions and committees. He died on 30
His publications include
Nelson and the Neapolitan Jacobins (Navy Records Society, 1903).
Smith’s Mercantile Law (1931).
Bankers’ Commercial Credits (1932)
Comparative Law (1946).
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