Guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you laugh out loud -- Gervase Phinn
In the tradition of James Herriot...this book shines with humour and warmth -- Good Book Guide
The Rumpole of Rotherham -- The Times
The legal James Herriot -- Yorkshire Post
From the Publisher
Reviews for Boozers, Ballcock and Bail:
This is the first of a series of comic legal books. His anecdotes take us
swiftly through both hilarious and heart-rending episodes in his life,
almost always concerning his clients on the wrong side of the law.
Stephen Smith has decided to branch out into his own practice as a criminal
lawyer in Rotherham. We are introduced to his regular clients, including
Albert and his family, together with staff and friends. Albert is the
youngest son of the Heptonstall family, who supply the practice with much
of its work. He is mischievous and his tricks include giving Stephen some
used chewing gum via a handshake and `borrowing' a police car. We also meet
Mrs Mott, the office cleaner, who is a modern day Mrs Mallaprop.
I found it very difficult to put this book down as I was drawn into the
life of his compelling, foolish, pathetic and sometimes bizarre characters.
If you ever wondered why solicitors in your court keep disappearing, or
what they do before and after court, then this book will give you a
hilarious insight into another world - John Newton JP in The Magistrate
At the other end of the legal spectrum is the vastly experienced Stephen D.
Smith. His entertaining book Boozers, Ballcocks and Bail charts his work as
a solicitor in Rotherham. In 1981 he established the firm Wilford Smith,
which has become one of the leading practices in the area. Smith's style is
conversational in an eminently readable book about the high and low lives
of this South Yorkshire town. The "ballcocks" of the title refers to the
faulty fitting in the firm's first toilet that used to dislodge and assault
anyone who had the courage to use it. But the book also has some poignant
tales, such as the one about Lorraine Wilson, who called on Smith to
protect her from her abusive husband. Quickly, the solicitor applied for an
injunction, but his client failed to turn up to court. Her violent husband
had approached her the previous evening, "took a knife from his pocket and
stabbed her several times". John Wilson is still in prison, serving life
for her murder - The Times
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