How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? How do you sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?
Meet London’s top murder case lawyer as he meets clients in prisons, confronts witnesses in packed courts — and frees innocent people jailed for decades.
In this vivid memoir, William Clegg QC revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the murder of Jill Dando, and from Britain’s first Nazi war criminal to the man given life because of an earprint.
All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict — and how our right to a fair trial is now in peril. Switch off the TV dramas and plunge into the criminal law in action.