Hodgson Law Scholarships

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The Scholarships

The Hodgson Scholarships owe their origin to the Will of Elizabeth Hodgson, widow of the Liverpool Solicitor Joseph Hodgson, who expressed a wish to advance the education and training of lawyers who might work for the benefit of Merseyside.

The Trustees wish Hodgson Law Scholars to benefit from education in Liverpool with a view to encouraging the intellectual growth of promising law students and the nurturing of close links with the City of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region.


Joe Hodgson’s long and distinguished career in the Law is first recorded in the Law Society’s Roll of Solicitors of 1923.  He had been admitted as a solicitor to the Liverpool firm of Toulmin, Ward & Co. quickly becoming a partner in the merged firm of Toulmin, Hodgson & Brabner.  He remained with this firm, in its many guises, for the remainder of his professional life taking a consultancy role in the firm, as Brabner Holden & Co., in the 1960s. after a lengthy career dedicated to the law.  The firm still thrives today as Brabners LLP, a top 100 UK Law firm.

A quintessential English gentleman, Joe Hodgson was known to his friends within the legal community of the time for his dignified bearing, his sporting prowess on the cricket field and the cut of his fine tweed suits.  Joe was also a keen skier and pursued this interest well into his seventies.  He served in the First World War in the King Edward Horse Regiment, serving in Egypt and Palestine.  He was also able academically, taking a degree in law from the University of Liverpool in 1914.

Joe was devoted to his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he was married late in life.  After growing up in Liverpool Elizabeth moved to West Kirby where she met and married Joe.  Elizabeth and Joe continued to live in West Kirby until Joe’s death in 1979.  It was Elizabeth’s express wish to set up a legal education trust in memory of Joe.