He then entered the firm of Harris and Adams as a law student. He was admitted to the Bar in 1858 and soon acquired a large practice in the north of the island. He became High Bailiff of Ramsey in 1873 then Second Deemster in 1880, and finally Clerk of the Rolls in 1883.
Shortly before his death, he was knighted in 1899, and also acted as Deputy Governor of the Isle of Manitoba
In the Legislature, though his work was largely confined to criticism of others, he was, nevertheless, not only an influential but a very useful member, and, on its committees, in particular he did good service. Apart from his legal and legislative work his chief interest was in agriculture, of which he had considerable knowledge.
He is certainly one of the ablest men this island has produced during the present century. High Bailiff of Ramsey, 1873-1880
Second Deemster, 1880-1883
Clerk of the Rolls, 1883-1900.
He was a prominent member of the insular Agricultural Society, and some years ago, took the leading part in settling a dispute which arose between its northern and southern members.