Brodie, barrister, and nephew of Sir Benjamin C. Brodie, was born in London in 1815.
The barrister sits without a jury.
His work as a barrister was chiefly concerned with pedigree cases before the House of Lords.
After visiting the chief medical schools on the continent, he returned to Ireland in 1788; but the sudden death of his elder brother, Christopher Temple Emmet (1761-1788), a barrister of some distinction, induced him to follow the advice of Sir James Mackintosh to forsake medicine for the law as a profession.
He had already become known as a barrister and as professor of financial science at the university of Naples, when he first entered Parliament in 1904.