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In Your Defence
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law | Sarah Langford
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'A thoughtful, elegant book. ... often as thrilling as a detective novel. ' - Thomas Grant, QC The Times. Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in court representing the mad and the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the black and white of the law and tell it to the courtroom. These stories may not make headlines but they will change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways. They are stories which, but for a twist of luck, might have been yours. To work at the Bar is to enter a world shrouded by strange clothing, archaic rituals and inaccessible language. So how does it feel to be an instrument of such an unknowable system? And what does it mean to be at its mercy? Our legal system promises us justice, impartiality and fair judgement. Does it, or can it, deliver this? With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She tells compelling stories - of domestic fall out, everyday burglary, sexual indiscretion, and children caught up in the law that are sometimes shocking and often heart-stopping. She shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.
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JaneyWaneyB
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3.5 ⭐ An interesting look into the UK law system and the cases presented daily involving people from all walks of life. Written in an accessible style with good footnotes to explain the law, Sarah invites us into her world where she has had to overcome her own values & beliefs to defend and support people through the law system. Enjoyed this book and the range of cases presented were varied keeping my interest.

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Sarah defends not only her clients but more importantly for all of our benefit the institution she works for. She's smart and passionate. I hope her book sparks more respect and appreciation for the courts.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Probably my final book for the year. The author has anonymised / amalgamated cases from her experience as a barrister to provide a painful yet very human view of the criminal justice system. At times her language can be a tad creative writing esque but it was still very readable and very enlightening. Family court case chapters were pretty rough to read.

kaysworld1 This book I have to read as part of my law course next year, is it good? 7mo
Itchyfeetreader It‘s fictionalised and she puts herself into the cases but I found it fascinating and heart breaking. I think it will bring an interesting perspective 7mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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Finished Eve Was Shamed last night and immediately drawn to the tagged book in Waterstones today. Makes me realise how much I understand of the US criminal justice system vs our own....