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on 9 March 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be such a great insight into the daily business of our law courts.
It made me laugh out loud when Charles describes various criminal characters he met in London all those years ago and got himself into all sorts of scrapes.
Charles manages to capture the feeling of pure fear that must have been felt when a young barrister starts his career.
He leaves the reader in no doubt about how difficult it is to judge a case and describes in some detail each location so that you can visualize each court room.
An excellent and educational read!
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on 12 August 2010
I heartily recommend this book. It follows the early career of a junior barrister some thirty-five years as he makes his first steps at the English bar. In doing so he comes across not only a huge range of clients and fellow barristers but also the odd (right word) difficult judge. We follow his victories and pieces of good fortune and the difficulties and injustices which can be caused simply by being so junior that you're still tip-toeing around the profession. It's a great read and follows in the footsteps of the likes of John Mortimer's Rumpole seires and Henry Cecil's Brothers in Law series (the first of which is incidentally my favourite book about the English bar).
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on 3 December 2015
Dock briefs and chambers' clerk bringing afternoon tea! A fascinating and entertaining account of the English Criminal Bar in the 1970s. Loved it.
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on 14 November 2013
A fascinating insight into the work of a young defense barrister starting out on his career and his thoughts on the clients he represented.
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on 8 January 2010
Read this over christmas. Excellect read, very well written.

Wig Begone
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