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John Hostettler practised as a solicitor in London, as well as undertaking political and civil liberties cases in Nigeria, Germany and Aden. During this time he played a leading role in the abolition of flogging in British Colonial prisons and was a member of a Home Office Committee to consider changes to electoral law in Britain. He is one of the best known legal biographers and legal historians of his generation and has also written a biography of Dr. Thomas Wakley and with Dr. Brian Block a history of the abolition of capital punishment in Britain and a history of the country's parliamentary franchise. He is a Solicitor (retired), has served on the Bench as a magistrate and was a part-time chairman of Social Security Tribunals.