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Wigs and Wherefores: A Biography of Michael Sherrard QC Hardcover – 1 Nov 2008


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854900306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854900305
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Goldman is a barrister and part-time employment judge. She has previously contributed to a range of law publications. Michael Sherrard CBE, QC is now retired from a successful international career in the law spanning nearly half a century. His deadly approach to cross-examination delighted press and public alike and put many of his cases into headline news.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 3:24 Mins
HE'S FIENDISHLY DIFFICULT TO XX!
MICHAEL SHERRARD'S MODERN INFLUENCES FOR TODAY'S ADVOCATE EXPLAINED

Linda Goldman has written an interesting variation on the normal structure of a biography with this review of Michael Sherrard's life and cases.

I've reviewed many legal biographies and each are always worthy in their own way because they deal with `people', and we are in the people business- and it's great for the historical record. Joshua Rosenberg's foreword sums it all up saying that Sherrard "is such a good advocate that it must have been fiendishly difficult for Linda Goldman to cross examine him"!

Absolutely right! But Linda has excelled here with some splendid explanations as the `voice over' Sherrard's commentaries which are very helpful and give some structure to this narrative.

There continues to be a growing library of works about `the people in the law' today - those who have made a lasting presence with their professional influence, and Michael Sherrard deserves the title as one of our `the best of advocates' - a skill which many aspire to but few actually exhibit, as those elements in the judiciary we fall foul off will often comment on with barbed comment! `Wigs and Wherefores' is his lasting thesis of modern advocacy.

This is a frank and entertaining account of a barrister-at-law who has been a substantial player in the events of the last half century. It is about man who has mingled with the personalities of the time to give us all a marvellous historic insight into the contemporary times we have just lived through.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lewis on 10 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. The story of a brilliant career and life told in the most enthralling way. The author manages to make this story touching, thrilling and amusing. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G.V. Bellamy on 23 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I approached this book with some misgivings, fearing the tedious and self- aggrandizing war stories to which many old lawyers are prone, and the lack of relevance of Pommy aracana to my own Aussie experience. Happily, it turned out to be not just well written and very readable, but absorbing, entertaining and frequently amusing. Sherrard QC and his biographer, Ms. Goldman, have shown what a Good Idea it is for a top silk to have a good junior and have successfully condensed a long and illustrious career that covered not only notorious criminal cases but also an array of - again, to my surprise, fascinating - civil cases, judicial inquiries and professional activities in and out of England. Many of the names - Hanratty of course, Hain, Stonehouse were half-remembered from the news of the time, and the "inside stories" are engrossing. An essential read for lawyers and a d*mn good one for everybody else.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Patel on 9 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is so much more than a biography. It's a walk through the streets of Rumpole while a wonderful story is told with great style. This book is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a long time. It was, in fact, so good that I was sorry to reach the end of this warm, witty and fascinating story of one man's career that charts not only his life but some of the most interesting legal cases of the last 50 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Vago on 11 Mar. 2009
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Knowing little about the legal profession, I still found this book to be a superb read. I chuckled my way through this well-written and entertaining account of Michael Sherrard's outstanding career. It was fascinating to learn about cases that had featured so prominently in the press from a different perspective. I was sad to reach the end of this book and was left wanting more. "Wigs and Wherefores" is a truly worthwhile read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Capstick on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a quite delightful piece of writing. Linda Goldman has worked with Michael Sherrard Q.C. to huge effect to create a highly entertaining, amusing and most revealing portrait of such a distinguished legal career; that of a man correctly regarded as a leading advocate. The many anecdotes contained within the book add great spice and support to the litany of enchanting tales told. Quite simply; a 'must-buy'!!
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