Maitland Press is Christopher Enright’s publishing firm. It is named after Maitland, which is a large town in the Hunter Valley. It is situated on the Hunter River some 30 kilometres from the mouth of the river at Newcastle. Farmers grow vegetables on the rich flats beside the river extending to Phoenix Park. Maitland has a famous football team that is known as the “Maitland Pumpkin Pickers” in recognition of the vegetables grown in the flats. In those coincidences that make life interesting, at Sydney University law school Chris had the privilege of attending the lectures on jurisprudence given by the illustrious Professor Julius Stone, who called his publishing firm Maitland Publications. Under this label he published his ground breaking works - Legal System and Lawyers’ Reasoning, (1968), Social Dimension of Law and Justice (1966) and The Province and Function of Law (1946). In this case, though, the name “Maitland” did not derive from a town (nor a football team) but from the eminent English legal jurist and historian Frederick William Maitland (1850-1906).
Motto of Maitland Press
The motto of Maitland Press is ‘making law simple’. This notion is based on the view that by and large lawyers in common law jurisdictions have not developed proper methods for working with law, including methods for structuring and describing legal rules. Consequently a significant amount of the complexity in law is illusion. It reflects lack of technique including lack of ability to explain both legal method and rules of law. Books published by Maitland Press seek to demonstrate the truth of a basic proposition: by and large law is simple.
Christopher Enright is the proprietor of Maitland Press. Chris was born in Newcastle, Australia and grew up in Maitland in the Hunter Valley. He is qualified as a barrister, solicitor and chartered accountant. He taught law in universities for many years. He is now a full time writer and publisher. His chief research interest concerns legal method – developing ways of performing legal tasks that make the task both effective and efficient. Part of the incentive to do this is that these skills are commonly neglected or only sparsely treated in law schools.