SEAL is a London-based organisation which exists as a forum for English and American lawyers to meet and exchange views on professional, business, academic and cultural matters of interest and concern to them. It brings together barristers, solicitors and members of the judiciary. Its aims are pursued at regular social functions held throughout the year and at online and in person talks which SEAL organises on specialised topics of interest to lawyers in jurisdictions on both sides of the Atlantic. 

SEAL’s membership comprises both English and U.S. lawyers, and is open to individuals as well as law firms and barristers’ chambers.  Current members range from senior members of the English judiciary to those still seeking qualification representing a broad diversity of practice areas.  Membership is open to all English and American lawyers. 

SEAL began life in 1981 as the English Branch of The Inns of Court Society in California. The purpose of the Inn was to promote a much closer connection between the oldest and newest of the great Common Law jurisdictions, because ‘misconceptions abounded’. We are proud that Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court was one of SEAL’s first Honorary Benchers at the time when it was part of the Inn, along with our first presidents, the Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Megarry and Hon. Howard B. Turrentine, amongst others. SEAL is no longer legally affiliated with The Inns of Court Society in California, which has become part of the American Inns of Court, but we do maintain warm relations with them.

President: Lord Hamblen of Kersey, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Chair: Marty Rolle

Treasurer: Stephanie Oliver

Secretary: Claire Morel de Westgaver

For a new member’s Application Form, please contact our Administrator.

Welcome to SEAL