Walter Leechman

Biography of Walter Leechman

Walter Graham Leechman was born in 'Chryston, Lanarkshire' in approximately 1870. His father, James Leechman, was a 'Commission Agent.' Leechman began his studies at the University at the age of only 15, matriculating to study for an Arts degree in Session 1885-1886. Leechman matriculated again for the next Session (1886-1887), enrolling for classes in English Literature and Logic.

During his time studying at the University,he resided at his home address at '13 Elgin Terrace, Partick.' Leechman's time at the University appears to have been short lived, for he did not matriculate again in the Sessions to follow.

Later in life, Leechman became a solicitor who, in August 1928, was involved in the legal case of Donoghue vs Stevenson- a case which revolutionised the development of new concepts for consumer law. Indeed, a newspaper article in The Scotsman states:

'Glasgow solicitor Walter Leechman (...)raised an action for £500 damages against David Stevenson, proprietor of the aerated water company that had manufactured the bottled drink. Leechman’s legal team offered its services for nothing as he argued that the manufacturer and bottler had a duty of care to the end consumer.' The case of Donoghue v Stevenson was described here as one of the most'the most famous case(s) of all time.'


Walter Leechman

Born 1870.
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Occupation categories: lawyers; solicitors
Record last updated: 26th Jun 2018

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