Law

The unparalleled entertainment – and heartbreaking reality – of watching a court hearing

7 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Barristers’ speeches vanish quicker than Chinese dinners, and even the greatest victory in court rarely survives longer than the next…

How verbal and physical abuse drove me out of the police

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The past decade has not been kind to those we entrust, in the words of Sir Robert Peel, ‘to give…

Boris Johnson may have found an advocate in ancient Greece

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is to be tried at the Crown Court on the grounds that, during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign,…

George the Poet in 2014. Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images

Forget the The Reith Lectures. To understand the world listen to George the Poet

25 May 2019 9:00 am

At last a podcast that takes the medium to its limit, created by someone who loves listening, understands how it…

As a QC, I believe the time has come to legalise drugs

4 May 2019 9:00 am

I have been a defence lawyer for more than 25 years. I have defended clients charged with almost every crime…

Crackles with nylon, self-regard and unearned privilege: On the Basis of Sex reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too ill to sit on the Supreme Court. When she saw On the Basis of Sex,…

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Why former prisoners make the best lawyers

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Kampala   I am terrified of being with former death-row prisoner Susan Kigula. This is because she qualified for her…

Victims of crime should not decide justice

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…

A top criminal lawyer’s guide to cocaine

21 May 2016 9:00 am

As a defence silk, I come across some surprisingly intelligent drug dealers. Many of them are highly entrepreneurial and driven,…

Britain’s fight with European law goes back 750 years

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It is no surprise that the laws imposed on the UK by a European parliament in Brussels should so infuriate…

Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

My first courtroom murder case could have come straight from one of Andrew Taylor’s novels. A gruesome crime — the…

What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Matters of life and death Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In…

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…

For me and an increasing number of young people, each abortion is a death

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In November 2013, the campaign group Abortion Rights announced their first-ever student conference. It was, they explained, in response to…

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his…

We should celebrate Magna Carta by abolishing the European Arrest Warrant

13 June 2015 9:00 am

On the 12th of January, 500 of the great and good, or at any rate the well-heeled, sat down to…

Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Could you be a useful and loving father to your children if you only ever saw them on a computer…

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at my GP surgery

28 February 2015 9:00 am

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at the GP surgery. ‘What do you mean?’ said…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas fish, beasts and birds eat each other, since there is…

The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I’m standing with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC in a narrow room at his Pump Court chambers, examining an oil painting…

Fort Lauderdale’s law against feeding the homeless still isn’t America’s dumbest

15 November 2014 9:00 am

States of criminality A 90-year-old Florida man feeding the homeless was arrested under a Fort Lauderdale law which makes it…

If you thought this World Cup was weird, take a look at Brazil 1950

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Old world Brazil has struggled to get ready for the World Cup, even though it hosted it before, in 1950.…

The starchy, conservative lawyer who freed every slave in England

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Americans make movies about slavery and its abolition. In the past two years we’ve seen the Oscar-winning Twelve Years a…