The Secret Barrister

Author: The Secret Barrister

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509841156

Category: Law

Page: 320

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The Sunday Times number one bestseller. Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award. Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year. Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year. 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. In The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken 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. A Sunday Times top ten bestseller for twenty-four weeks. ‘Eye-opening, funny and horrifying’ – Observer ‘Everyone who has any interest in public life should read it’ – Daily Mail

The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister (Summary)

Author: QuickRead,Alyssa Burnette

Publisher: QuickRead.com

ISBN: N.A

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Stories of the Law and How it's Broken The job of a barrister requires a variety of skills, whether it’s being a social worker, a relationship counselor, an accountant, a coffee supplier, and even an accountant, a barrister must wear many hats inside and outside of the courtroom. The world of the Secret Barrister is full of stories, oftentimes funny and ridiculous, but ultimately life-changing. For instance, how do you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? Or what do you say when someone is sentenced to 10 years who you believe to be innocent? And why do they wear those stupid wigs? Well, the Secret Barrister aims to show you what it’s really like inside the criminal justice system and why it matters. From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses, and more, the Secret Barrister reveals the best and worst of humanity and how the broken system affects all who enter it. As you read, you’ll learn how barristers must often present cases with incomplete information, how untrained volunteers once decided who goes to jail, and how politicians and the media tend to paint the criminal justice system in an inaccurate light. Do you want more free book summaries like this? Download our app for free at https://www.QuickRead.com/App and get access to hundreds of free book and audiobook summaries.

Summary of The Secret Barrister's Nothing But The Truth

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The fork in the road for law students is marked as early as freshers’ week. As you have chosen to study the academic discipline of law, it is assumed that you not only have designs on practicing it, but also know with a fair degree of certainty whether you want to practice law or not. #2 I was able to meet a real-life barrister by giving my name correctly and shaking hands with him. I was unable to come up with any conversation topics, however, so I left after two agonizing minutes. #3 I begin my mini-pupillage with a civil law barristers’ chambers, following barristers who specialize in personal injury work. I am shocked to hear that every day, I ask myself whether I made the right choice. #4 The settlement offered by the defendant’s insurers was seven figures, and the conference was to discuss it with Dianne’s clients. The sum didn’t feel like much of a victory to me, given that it was far less than what Grisham had promised me in The King of Torts.

Nothing But The Truth

Author: The Secret Barrister

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1529057043

Category: Law

Page: 271

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From the Number One bestselling author, a delicious memoir full of hilarious, personal and surprising stories from their working life in the law. * THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER * * A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK * ‘The SB is a gifted writer. Words tumble out with extraordinary fluency . . . entertaining and instructive’ – The Times __________ Just how do you become a barrister? Why do only 1 per cent of those who study law succeed in joining this mysteriously opaque profession? And why might a practising barrister come to feel the need to reveal the lies, secrets, failures and crises at the heart of this world of wigs and gowns? Nothing But The Truth is The Secret Barrister's bestselling memoir. It charts an outsider’s progress down the winding path towards practising at the Bar, taking in the sometimes absurd traditions of the Inns of Court, where every meal mandates a glass of port and a toast to the monarch, to the Hunger Games-style contest for pupillage, through the endlessly frustrating experience of being a junior barrister – as a creaking, ailing justice system begins to convince them that something has to change . . . Full of hilarious, shocking and surprising stories, Nothing But The Truth tracks the Secret Barrister’s transformation from hang ‘em and flog ‘em, austerity-supporting twenty-something to campaigning, bestselling, reforming author whose writing in defence of the law is celebrated around the globe. Asking questions about what we understand by justice and what it takes to change our minds, it also reveals the darker side of working in criminal law and how the things our justice system gets wrong are not the things most people expect. __________ ‘With compassion, wit and intelligence, The Secret Barrister shows why is it that any of us plunge into the harrowing depths of criminal law’ – TLS ‘Masterful, compassionate and hilarious’ – Adam Rutherford ‘The Zorro of the criminal bar’ – The Times

Fake Law

Author: The Secret Barrister

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1529009960

Category: Law

Page: 349

View: 9041


THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A powerful polemic' Sunday Times 'A compelling, eye-opening read' Daily Express – Did an illegal immigrant avoid deportation because he had a cat? – Is the law on the side of the burglar who enters your home? – Are unelected judges ‘enemies of the people’? Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society. Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge – worse, we risk letting them make us complicit. Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds a defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy that is as entertaining as it is vital.

In Black and White

Author: Alexandra Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1913068307

Category: Law

Page: 288

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**NOW WITH NEW AFTERWORD AND READING GROUP QUESTIONS** 'An absolute triumph; a compelling and courageous memoir forcing the legal profession to confront uncomfortable truths about race and class. Alexandra Wilson is a bold and vital voice. This is a book that urgently needs to be read by everyone inside, and outside, the justice system.' THE SECRET BARRISTER 'A riveting book in the best tradition of courtroom dramas but from the fresh perspective of a young female mixed-race barrister. That Alexandra is "often" mistaken for the defendant shows how important her presence at the bar really is.' MATT RUDD, THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE 'This is the story of a young woman who overcame all the obstacles a very old profession could throw at her, and she survived, with her integrity intact.' BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH Alexandra Wilson was a teenager when her dear family friend Ayo was stabbed on his way home from football. Ayo's death changed Alexandra. She felt compelled to enter the legal profession in search of answers. As a junior criminal and family law barrister, Alexandra finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by a privileged few. A world in which fellow barristers sigh with relief when a racist judge retires: 'I've got a black kid today and he would have had no hope'. In her debut book, In Black and White, Alexandra re-creates the tense courtroom scenes, the heart-breaking meetings with teenage clients, and the moments of frustration and triumph that make up a young barrister's life. Alexandra shows us how it feels to defend someone who hates the colour of your skin, or someone you suspect is guilty. We see what it is like for children coerced into county line drug deals and the damage that can be caused when we criminalise teenagers. Alexandra's account of what she has witnessed as a young mixed-race barrister is in equal parts shocking, compelling, confounding and powerful. 'An inspirational, clear-eyed account of life as a junior barrister is made all the more exceptional by the determination, passion, humanity and drive of the author. Anyone interested in seeing how the law really works should read it.' SARAH LANGFORD 'The personal narrative of a young female lawyer of mixed heritage who is defying the soft bigotry of low expectations by sharing her journey inspires us all to do the same in our own way, and this is a powerful message which needs to be shared.' DR TUNDE OKEWALE MBE, FOUNDER OF URBAN LAWYERS 'A refreshingly honest account of the challenges faced by a young female barrister of mixed heritage' JUDY KHAN QC, JOINT HEAD OF GARDEN COURT CHAMBERS

The English Legal System

Author: Alisdair Gillespie,Siobhan Weare

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198868995

Category: Law

Page: 780

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This edition offers an engaging guide to the English legal system which helps students new to law develop a critical legal mind. Presenting and critiquing the law in a lively style, this text invites students to question, analyse, and evaluate.

Under the Wig

Author: William Clegg

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529401232

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 3579


'This is a gripping memoir from one of our country's greatest jury advocates, offering a fascinating, no-holds-barred tour behind the scenes of some of the most famous criminal cases of modern times' The Secret Barrister 'Gripping' - The Times 'Mixes the excitement of the courtroom and some practical tips on the advocacy with the more mundane life of the working lawyer' - Sunday Times 'Between such serious case studies, his jovial memoir reflects on the challenges and satisfactions of life as a barrister.' - Daily Mail ___________ How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? Or sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case? In this memoir, murder case lawyer William Clegg revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an earprint. All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk. Under the Wig is for anyone who wants to know the reality of a murder trial. It has been praised as "gripping" by The Times, "riveting" by the Sunday Express and "fascinating" by the Secret Barrister, who described the author as "one of our country's greatest jury advocates." Several prominent barristers, including Matthew Scott and Bob Marshall-Andrews QC, have said Under the Wig is a "must read" for anyone with an interest in the criminal law. Switch off the TV dramas and see real criminal law in action. Well-known cases featured: The Murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common The Chillenden Murders (Dr Lin and Megan Russell) The Trial of Private Lee Clegg The Murder of Jill Dando The first Nazi war crimes prosecution in the UK The Murder of Joanna Yeates The Rebekah Brooks Phone Hacking Trial