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5.0 out of 5 stars a lost era, 8 Sept. 2009
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Mr. Martin J. Adams (London UK) - See all my reviews
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This book brings back a long forgotten era-ordinary people dragged into the Old Bailey facing certain death by hanging unless their Barrister could save them by brilliant advocacy. Marshall Hall was the leading defence lawyer of his age, and managed to persuade juries that men were innocent when it was obvious to all that they were guilty. This book captures the nmagic of the moment when the tide turned after all seemed lost.

I was fascinated by the relationshiop painted by the author between Marshall Hall and his clients-he had little respect for them if he knew they may be guilty-he even refused to shake hands with some who had just been found not guilty.

Written by his long term Clerk, this book is obviously dated now, but many writers such as Jeffrey Deaver would have bheen proud of the twists that Marshall Hall used to turn a jury in his favour. Not a dry eye in the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trials of Marshall Hall, 19 Mar. 2011
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Anyone who is interested in criminal law trials must read this very well written book. Marshall Hall was probably the greatest criminal law counsel in history and this book truly reflects the ability and the few flaws in this great man. A very enlightening read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real-life Rumpole, 2 Dec. 2011
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Edward Marshall Hall was a brilliant criminal advocate, who defended many people charged with murder in the early years of the 20th century. His great skill was advocacy, not finer points of law, and he was often able to sow enough seeds of doubt in the minds of the jury to get an acquittal - such as the Greenwood and Fahmy cases. This book tells of his great cases and the tragedy of Marshall's private life. If you enjoy courtroom dramas, read this book! The author, Edward Marjoribanks, was also a tragic figure - a barrister who worked with Marshall Hall and a politician, he committed suicide at an young age after being jilted. If you enjoy this book, read 'Behind the Bar' and/or 'A Lifetime with the Law' by A E Bowker, clerk to Marshall Hall's chambers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 2 Sept. 2014
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susie (Hertfordshire) - See all my reviews
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This is a remarkable book about a remarkable man and I'm delighted to see that it is now also available as an ebook under the title The Great Defender: The Life and Trials of Edward Marshall Hall KC, England's Greatest Barrister.
Much has been written about Edward Marshall Hall, but this is the best book I've come across.
Written by his friend Edward Marjoribanks, who killed himself after being jilted, it covers not only the famous trials and clients that Marshall Hall defended, but also his tragic personal life. There is great attention to detail and a huge amount of research must have gone into this book.
Anyone who has an interest in the law, history or a love of reading great biographies would enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book., 17 Aug. 2014
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Great book. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Nov. 2014
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An excellent read about a fascinating advocate. Recommended
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