Sir Leslie Frederic Scott (1869-1950) was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. As a barrister, he specialised in commercial cases and had a particular concern for international maritime law. He was Conservative MP for Liverpool Exchange, 1910-1929, and Solicitor General for a short period in 1922. From 1935 to 1948 he was a Lord Justice of Appeal. Amongst his many interests was a keen concern for the well-being of rural England, and he was a founder member of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. As Chairman of the Committee on Land Utilisation in Rural Areas, his eventual report laid the foundations of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act.