First name(s)
Position(s) held at King's College London
  • Professor of English Law and Jurisprudence (1865-[1915])
  • Professor of Indian Jurisprudence (1865-1879)
  • Evening Class Lecturer on Law (1865-1892)
  • Evening Class Lecturer on Roman Law (1878-1880)
  • Evening Class lecturer on Equity (1892-[1894])
  • Lecturer of Law to the King’s College Ladies Department (1895-[1896])
  • Professor Emeritus from 1896

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended
  • Exeter College, Oxford (1857-1861)
  • Lincoln’s Inn (1860-63)
  • called to the Bar 1863
  • QC 1897
  • Bencher Lincoln’s Inn 1871

BA (1861); MA. 

Professional activities

Editor of Patent Design and Trade Mark Cases published by HM Patent Office vols. I-X

  • On the Study of English, Roman, Hindu and Mohammedan Legal Systems (1865)
  • On Reporting Cases for their periodical examinations by…candidates for the Civil Service of India (1867)
  • The Law of Post Nuptial Settlements (1869)
  • Treatise on the Law of Naturalization as amended by the Naturalization Act, 1870 (1871)
  • The Operation of the Bankruptcy Act 1869 on the Law of Voluntary and other Settlements (1869)
  • A History of Roman Law (translation, 1876)
  • with Edmund Fuller Griffin, Powell’s Principles and Practice of the Law of Evidence (1869)
  • Reports of Patent, Design, Trade Mark and other Cases (n.d)
  • Analysis of the Indian Penal Code (1871)
  • On Passing off or Illegal Substitution of the Goods of One Trader for Another (1884)

Personal details

Date of birth
9 January 1839
Place of birth
Dorchester, Dorset
Date of death
19 March 1924
Place of death
Family details

Eldest son of Rev. Richard Cutler. Twice married, firstly to Louisa, daughter of Rev. E.A. Friedlander of Clapham Common (d. 1873), secondly to Elizabeth Ruth, daughter of Thomas Hayes. 


John Cutler for over 40 years was a cornerstone of KCL’s Law School. He came from a conventional Anglican background, unlike his predecessor, James Stephen, but he too wrote text books on English law, helped by his assistant, Edmund Fuller Griffin.  He took an interest in but after 1879 employed other staff to lecture on Indian law.

* References

Alumni Oxonienses; J. Foster, Men at the Bar (1892); Who was Who (1916-1928); Paul Mitchell, Law and India at KCL, KC Journal, 17 (2006), pp.37-41.

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