The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

November 2, 2019 - Comment

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018. ‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ Observer‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ Daily Mail You may not wish to think about it,

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.
Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018.
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.

‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ Observer
‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ Daily Mail

You may not wish to think about it, but one day you or someone you love will almost certainly appear in a criminal courtroom. You might be a juror, a victim, a witness or – perhaps through no fault of your own – a defendant. Whatever your role, you’d expect a fair trial.

I’m a barrister. I work in the criminal justice system, and every day I see how fairness is not guaranteed. Too often the system fails those it is meant to protect. The innocent are wronged and the guilty allowed to walk free.

I want to share some stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it’s too late.

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Comments

Anonymous says:

All Rise I am not a lawyer. But my husband is, a company law barrister. He has never done any criminal work. We have lots of friends in all branches of the law though, and I am used to being surrounded by legal news and chat. So I thought I had a pretty fair idea of how the criminal law system in England and Wales works in reality rather than simply in theory. I was wrong. Having read this book I am a wiser, and much sadder, woman.It seems that now, if you look behind the very thin…

Anonymous says:

Stunning exposé As a non-legal bod I found this brilliantly written exposé of the crisis in UK criminal justice totally compelling. The author develops a conversational style which means an easier read in some of the drier sections, however there aren’t many of those. Every single person in this country should care about how our criminal justice system works, or as is currently the case, just doesn’t. The chapter on wrongful convictions and how this government has passed legislation which has effectively…

Anonymous says:

Outstanding An outstanding book that should be required reading for lawyers and non-lawyers, alike. If you think the issues raised don’t matter to you, you’re mistaken. The book portrays the problems in the criminal justice system with clarity and (often gallows) humour. An engrossing read.

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