The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister

By The Secret Barrister

  • Release Date : 2018-03-22
  • Genre : Law
  • FIle Size : 5.02 MB
Score: 4.5
From 33 Ratings
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Winner of the Books are My Bag Non-Fiction Award
Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year
Shortlisted for Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year

'Eye-opening, damning and hilarious' Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out

“I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.”

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

How can you defend a child-abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent? What is the law and why do we need it?

And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like.

Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, The Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters.


  • Intriguing and at the same time appalling

    By jpj09
    As a student of law, this book both intrigued and appalled me. The Secret Barrister exposes the impact of successive government failings on the principles of the rule of law and justice. This book should be essential first-day reading for the DPP, and Justice Secretary. Although heavy going in places, this book highlights the peril faced by those in society with the least, and yet the most to lose. I’ve always suspected criminal law was the poor relation but this book confirms both the depth of failings due to successive cuts to legal aid, the CPS, and the police, whilst highlighting the tireless work of the skilled criminal law practitioner. A great, if frankly scary read.
  • The Secret Barrister

    By 2ghosts
    Most informative!!!!!