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Fane died a bankruptcy judge on the 4 October 1864 at the Burdon Hotel, Weymouth. He had spent some of his early career at the bar before sitting as a bankruptcy commissioner. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn on the 1 June 1821. He went on to develop a practice as an equity barrister. He was appointed a bankruptcy commissioner in 1823 by the Lord Eldon and on the 2 December 1831 the Lord Brougham appointed him to one of six posts of commissioner of the Court of Bankruptcy.
He wrote a number of books on bankruptcy whilst sitting. These were:
In his later judicial career his temperament was marked by "an eccentricity of manner and occasional acerbity of temper" (ODNB).
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