Francis Bennion, draftsman of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and author of ‘Bennion on Statutory Interpretation’ has died in his early 90s.

Mr Bennion had a good war record with the RAF as a fighter pilot before the Bar and then became Parliamentary Counsel, which was the most prestigious part of the Government Legal Service. He leaves a legacy to English law, both in his unrivalled book on statutory interpretation, and in his drafting of the CCA. Despite some criticism, it was wording which has stood the test of time in regulating the complex field of consumer credit.