Fake Law

The Secret Barrister

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03 September 2020
9781529009941
400 pages
Synopsis

THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people?

Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society.

Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge – worse, we risk letting them make us complicit.

Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds a defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy that is as entertaining as it is vital.

A spirited defence of the legal system . . . Fake Law is a compelling, eye-opening read and should act as a wake-up call for anyone with an interest in how the law, and, by extension, society and justice function – that is to say, every one of us.

Huston Gilmore, Daily Express

Well written, both punchy and providing concise explanations of complex laws . . . a powerful polemic that also acts as a primer about our legal rights

Rosamund Urwin, Sunday Times

The Secret Barrister mounts a powerful defence of lawyers and the law from their noisy detractors . . . the Secret Barrister is something of a phenomenon . . . a book born of articulate and unconfected rage. Unusually for a self-proclaimed polemic, it is very difficult to find anything with which to cavil . . . the argument is measured, reasoned and founded on the hard bedrock of fact . . . an accomplished writer who through vivid metaphor can enliven even the most recondite concepts . . . this is an urgent and highly readable book. You will come away from it feeling that your mind has been purged

Thomas Grant, The Times