- Hardcover: 418 pages
- Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill; 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: 409,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wigs and Wherefores: A Biography of Michael Sherrard QC Hardcover – 1 Nov 2008
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
Michael Sherrard comes across as a thoroughly decent chap with a nice turn of phrase and a good sense of humour.
What ultimately lets the book down is that there is too little meat. Some of his cases were very high profile. The most notable or notorious that of James Hanratty whom he represented when Hanratty was tried for and convicted of murder. With the abolition of the death penalty in the UK there cannot be many barristers still alive who represented someone who was condemned to death and subsequently executed. The sheer weight of responsibility must have been enormous but I gained little insight from the very short section on Hanratty's case into either the case itself or Michael Sherrard's feelings on the matter. Since the case has long been argued about as a possible miscarriage of justice there is hardly a lack of material upon which to comment. This rather short and superficial treatment is characteristic of the whole book. This works well for the humorous anecdotes, not all of which relate to legal matters, but some of the weighty legal matters would have benefitted from a much more detailed treatment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The contents are informative and in particular one chapter "Carrian". It provides some helpful insights to those who want to be an advocate as his or her career.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by Dennis L.
I thoroughly enjoyed this biography of a very talented and versatile legal mind. The warts and all honesty was refreshing and made the man more endearing.Published on 26 Nov. 2013 by MS S AMATUZZI
This a a very well written and a very easy book to read, Michael Sherrard makes me wish that I studied lawPublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by lenas girl1
Goldmans book is certainly full of amusing anecdotes and the first person reminiscences of Mr Sherrard are certainly very entertaining. Read morePublished on 20 July 2012 by M H Doran
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... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2011 by D Capstick