SILKIN OF DULWICH, Baron. Samuel Charles Silkin 1918-1988. Lawyer and politician. Second son of the 1st Baron Silkin, educated at Dulwich College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he studied law and then called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1941. He served as Labour MP for Dulwich from 1964 to 1983, holding the office of Attorney General from 1974 to 1979. He was created a Life Peer in 1985 and was Opposition front-bench spokesman on legal matters in the House of Lords until his death in 1988.
Lord Silkin was one of the architects of the Leasehold Reform Act, intended primarily to help Welsh miners in tied houses, but which also enabled leaseholders on the Dulwich Estate to acquire the freeholds of their properties. He lived in Alleyn Road.