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on 19 May 2016
The style of writing is rather dated and the reader is left in no doubt that the author hero-worshipped the subject but its a decent read. Marshall Hall was a great advocate in front of a jury and in true Rumpolean style he didn't let the letter of the law get the way of doing the best for his client. The late John Mortimer was a great admirer. He had a great record in front of juries and this was in the days when a murder trial carried huge drama with the public. However he was shot down in the Court of Appeal where three dry and learned judges had no interest at all in his more theatrical antics. Perhaps this explains that whilst he was considered a formidable advocate, his judicial career never really developed and he was confined to being the part-time Recorder in Guildford. His personal life was also not without pain. Its a story which a modern author or screenwriter could make a great deal of with a little hype here and there. If it happens I want my percentage.
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on 28 May 2015
This book filled in a lot of history of one of the countries leading advocates in the twentieth century a little dry but a thoroughly enjoyable read
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on 15 August 2015
A very deep account of the man behind the greatness of the advocacy of representation in the face of adversity.
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on 22 March 2016
Very well written. Surprisingly modern.
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on 30 June 2014
This is a valiant attempt to put on record the achievements and warts of an interesting character. It also has value in that the time of writing was more of Marshal Hall's time when the view and ethics of advocacy was different from today but in transition which casts an interesting slant. Unfortunately the writing is rather turgid but if you persevere and are interested in the people and times you will be rewarded.
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on 14 July 2014
A fascinating insight into a fascinating character. Not perfect, he didn't win all his cases, but of those he did win some were initially thought to be hopeless cases.
My only criticism was that the timeline was not always clear, but I enjoyed it enormously nonetheless.
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on 8 July 2014
Don't know how this author turned a great man,s story in to this bore of a book .
He rambles continuously ,. I wanted to hear about the cases he defended more , not people he worked with .
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on 16 February 2015
A rather dated and arid writing style (this is a new edition of a book written before the War) , but it gives adequate accounts of all Marshall-Hall's most interesting cases.
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on 4 March 2016
absorbing
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on 5 November 2014
A Tour de Force of a biography which does "justice" to its subject. Everything one would want to know about this remarkable man is here to learn: a fascinating story.
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