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May It Please Your Lordship [Kindle Edition]

Toby Potts
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Book Description

Toby Potts has just qualified as a barrister and is about to embark on a career in one of the world's oldest professions. Stirring speeches to rapt juries, triumphant press interviews and enormous fees paid by grateful clients. He can see it all. But unfortunately, he has reckoned without Judge 'Bonkers' Clarke, The Honourable Mr 'Sourpuss' Boniface and a range of other equally terrifying, grumpy and borderline insane judges - not to mention tricky solicitors, bent coppers and dodgy defendants.

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About the Author

Toby Potts is the nom de plume of David Osborne, an English barrister, author, public performer and after dinner speaker. In his early years at the Bar, he hit the headlines nationwide and made legal history when he delivered his final speech to the jury entirely in verse. For this 'tour de force' he was dubbed the Barrister Bard by the popular press. David followed this with the publication of a short humorous book on advocacy entitled 'No Holds Barred' written under the pseudonym of Ivor Bigg-Wigg QC. He has appeared on radio and television, and has written a number of articles of topical legal interest for the national and regional press as well as various journals. He has also written and presented two legal revues for the stage, both to full houses. David is married with four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1833 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Osborne is a barrister, author, public performer and keynote speaker. He was called to the English Bar in 1974, and to the Irish Bar in 1986. After many years specialising in Criminal Law, he has recently broadened his legal practice to include the Civil Law.

He has always been interested in writing, and he has an active blog at, where he comments on topical issues of the day. He has also had his fair share of media exposure as a legal commentator.

Many years ago, David hit the headlines nationwide and made legal history when he delivered his final speech to the jury entirely in verse. He is pleased to report that his totally bemused client was gloriously acquitted, and for this "tour de force", he was dubbed the Barrister Bard by the popular press.

He wrote a short book on advocacy entitled "No Holds Barred" written under the 'nom de plume' of Ivor Bigg-Wigg QC. His humorous book "May It Please Your Lordship" written under the 'nom de plume' of Toby Potts, is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. One reviewer wrote: "Here we have all the hallmarks of a great British Comedy, but with a fresh approach".

His second book in the Toby Potts series entitled Order in Court and authored by David is now available on Amazon.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and entertaining 30 Aug. 2013
By susie
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If you want an amusing book to lift your spirits you could do worse than pick up a copy of 'May It Please Your Lordship'.

I found myself chuckling from the start when the central character, Toby Potts, tells his stuck-in-the-mud father that he wants to be a barrister. 'Whatever for?' his dad asks. 'They're pompous idiots in fancy dress, who talk the hind leg off a donkey and charge the earth for saying bugger all. What you need is a proper job.'

The book then takes the reader through the ups and downs (there are more downs than ups)of Toby's early career at the bar. There are lots of interesting criminal trials and comical characters - my favourite is the hugely fat and larger-than-life Sir James 'Jumbo' Bingham QC, who runs rings around the judges and less capable lawyers.
The book is a bit like an updated Rumpole of the Bailey. It's an easy read and a funny book. I hope there is a sequel in the pipeline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise!! 26 Jan. 2014
By Annette
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I actually really enjoyed this book, a light hearted read with somewhat funny tales in the life of a young newly qualified barrister. The author writes in a very down to earth way, and I felt myself warming to his character Toby Potts!! Infact, I would love to know what further escapades young Toby has encountered since we left him at the end of this very entertaining book!! I would recommend that you give it a go, as I don't think you will be disappointed. Especially at the price kindle are selling at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very funny book 11 April 2014
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This is the story of Toby Potts who is a newly qualified barrister and I heartily recommend this book.
May it Please Your Lordship is a light read and it gave me many a chuckle as I turned the pages. The author gives us some great characters and skillfully takes us on Toby’s journey through his early days at the bar. As we follow his career we meet many interesting and comedic characters. Toby has to deal with, solicitors, chambers politics, strange clients and even stranger and eccentric judges,
When young Toby Potts tell his father he wants to be a barrister his father says that he should get a “proper job.” But Toby is called to the bar and begins his career with high hopes and great expectations.
We follow Toby through his pupillage to his first brief when he represents the wrong client and through many exploits on to The Old Bailey where he represents Father Christmas. Hilarious, will we get a further installment of the Life of Toby Potts? I hope so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to spend an afternoon 29 Mar. 2015
By Rehso
A nice, light, and funny read, with some interesting insights into the legal world.The book basically consists of a series of legal confrontations, in the life of Toby Potts, from newly qualified as a barrister, to several years later. Aside from the occasional foray into his personal life, especially at the beginning, and increasingly after the middle, the rest is the life, apparently, of a barrister, one would guess, although undated, from a few decades past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny. 10 Jan. 2015
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I had been searching for well written but humorous books to keep me engaged and this did not disappoint. Brilliantly written and replete with humorous side anecdotes I was smiling as I read at the antics of the legal fraternity. A must read for those looking for that style of writing sadly missing today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and enjoyable 5 April 2014
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Nothing heavy here, just a light romp through a barrister's qualification and early career in the criminal courts. Difficult to tell how much is based on the author's own experiences, with the names changed to protect the guilty, and how much is fiction, but it is enjoyable and I would recommend it as a light, pleasant, easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars May it please your lordship Toby Potts 31 Mar. 2014
By Richard
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A natural story teller. Well educated and humorous with it. Can't wait for a further book as I'm certain he has more tales to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better second time around!! 31 Jan. 2014
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I very rarely re-read a book but picked up "May it please your Lordship" by chance and having glanced at the first page was drawn into reading the whole book! The second reading was equaly as good as the first. In these somewhat depressing times it is good to be distracted by some clever and gentle humour, a narrative which is easy to follow and a total lack of the "blood and guts" found in so many books these days. The author is I believe a well known barrister who speaks from first hand experience, and this does much to give true credibility to this excellent book. I very much hope that further exploits of Toby Potts will follow soon!!
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