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L change the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways They are stories which but for a twist of luck might have been yours With remarkable candour Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts these are tales of domestic fall out everyday burglary sexu “I had forgotten one of the most important lessons my job had taught me There was no one truth there was no one story Instead there were behind every case just webs of messy lives To look for the truth in a case was to forget my role It was my responsibility to guide those who came my way as best I could through the law and its systems with humanity and empathy It was my job to give them as far as I was able what they wanted And I must try to do this even when what they wanted was not always in the end actually justice”Sarah Langford is a barrister a courttrial lawyer with a particular passion for criminal law In this collection of eleven cases from magistrate and crown courts Langford tells the stories of a wide variety of people she represented—among them a young offender who chronically burgled badly; a man charged with gross indecency for “cottaging” engaging in sex in a public lavatory; a Bangladesh born non English speaking young wife whose violent husband seeks to gain custody of their young child; an 18 year old possible pedophile; and a 22 year old mother herself the daughter of chaos and dysfunction who has already had one child taken away and now stands to lose her newborn sonLangford’s book is mostly both entertaining and educational The cases read like short stories with fully fleshed out characters psychological insights and often suspense Legal terms are usually seamlessly incorporated and explained within the main body of the text but the reader can also check footnotes which provide detailed informationThe reader learns how the courts work how a case is processed and something about the daily life of barrister who is not only responsible for properly representing clients’ stories and interests but also an interpreter a social worker psychiatrist educator and even a parent at times Langford’s ethical dilemmas emotional responses her wrangling with her own shameful reactions to clients and their stories are laid out honestly for the reader to consider Langford is an intelligent and likeable guide whom I enjoyed spending time with The Purpose-Guided Universe in extraordinary ways They are stories which but for a twist of luck might have been yours With remarkable candour Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion in our criminal and family courts these are tales of domestic fall out everyday burglary sexu “I had forgotten one of the most The Academy important lessons my job had taught me There was no one truth there was no one story Instead there were behind every case just webs of messy lives To look for the truth Full Dark, No Stars in a case was to forget my role It was my responsibility to guide those who came my way as best I could through the law and If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, its systems with humanity and empathy It was my job to give them as far as I was able what they wanted And I must try to do this even when what they wanted was not always 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in the end actually justice”Sarah Langford La ética de la crueldad is a barrister a courttrial lawyer with a particular passion for criminal law In this collection of eleven cases from magistrate and crown courts Langford tells the stories of a wide variety of people she represented—among them a young offender who chronically burgled badly; a man charged with gross 3052 indecency for “cottaging” engaging Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories in sex Mercator in a public lavatory; a Bangladesh born non English speaking young wife whose violent husband seeks to gain custody of their young child; an 18 year old possible pedophile; and a 22 year old mother herself the daughter of chaos and dysfunction who has already had one child taken away and now stands to lose her newborn sonLangford’s book Pasos perdidos en Granada is mostly both entertaining and educational The cases read like short stories with fully fleshed out characters psychological Suffering and no suffering insights and often suspense Legal terms are usually seamlessly Can We Live 150 Years? 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  1. says:

    Explanation for those in a non British law jurisdiction A barrister is a specialist in putting the case of the adveraries in court They are instructed by solicitors lawyers and work in Chambers where the clerk books in cases into the diaries of the barristers Barristers generally don't have any choice of who they would like to representThese are the stories of a young woman barrister who represented a wide range of people The most outstanding cases were the 17 year old but 18 and an adult at the time of the case caught with a mass of paeophile pornography on his computer He'd been groomed and lured in at 12 himself This struck a real chord with meI was in Santo Domingo on holiday with my 11 year old son He was using the hotel computer outside our room I asked him what he was doing and he said Mummy there's a poor boy who's very sad who says nobody likes him in school I'm going to be his friend I said let me see There was a young man lying down naked apart from briefs That's how easy it was When I got home I positioned our pcs at 90 degrees from each other in the study which had no curtains it's a rainforest I could see the screen reflection in the windows There was no wifi until he got to 16There were other cases that were similarly moving drug addicts caught in situations where rape violence and prostitution were their inescapable daily routines Men with mental issues that were visible to all except for some reason court psychiatrists for the prosecution who were then imprisoned rather than sent for treatment Children who had been turned against one parent by the scorned one Other cases tooIt was interesting to see how the barrister the author mined the paperwork the uestions and answers from the witness box and what her client told her for the absolute nugget around which the case was built and which would prove one side or the other was right or innocent or otherwise A lawyer friend of mine a C who is also a barrister as in the US the Caribbean combines the two roles says that he isn't there to defend the innocent or prosecute the guilty justice isn't his job He is there to represent his client's case to the very best of his ability The jury will vote on who made the best case and the judge will administer justice It's a very cynical view of the law But perhaps the only possible fair oneOne case in the book impressed me as to the difference between a civil and criminal proceedings where the same evidence would be offered and how the victim would be treated A woman from Bangladesh had been married to a British man of Bangladeshi origins and brought over to the UK She had never met him before She was abused physically and sexually by both her husband and her mother in law who took her passport from her and locked her in the house Eventually she managed to escape to a family member's house with her daughter Her husband took the child without her permission but she was returned to her by the police Now if the woman had gone to the police to lay a complaint of abuse and rape when she went to court she would have been kept far from her husband in different witness rooms would have had the opportunity to give evidence remotely or would have been screened in court from him If the husband had decided to act on his own behalf a barrister would have been employed by the court to put his uestions to her Everything would be done so that their paths would not crossBut because it was a civil case they sat in the same corridor the same canteen he could uestion her about his alleged violence and rape in any way he chose and even run his finger across his throat as a threat to what he would do to her A terrifying ordeal perhaps especially to someone from a different culture who spoke almost no EnglishSince the case hung on whether or not he did rape and abuse her the barrister had to find some sort of proof it was just his word against her's But she did Her husband as one of his first actions on greeting his new wife in his English home had ripped up her precious scrap book which contained an autographed picture of a Bollywood star He was uestioned about this this shows the absolute cleverness of the barrister of why we employ barristers specialists in uestioning in court I'm going to uote it verbatim‘It had a note in it to my wife from another man Like a love note I wasn’t going to have that’‘The note was written before you met?’‘Yes But she was my wife now wasn’t she?’‘And so when you married what was hers became yours?’‘Yes That’s how it is in our culture’‘To do with as you wished?’‘It’s natural She knows and I know what her role as a wife is’‘A page of the book offended you so you tore the whole thing up?’‘I’ve already admitted that haven’t I?’‘Her book her possessions her body her freedom – they all belonged to you ’‘Look it’s different Islamically the wife has only duty for her husband whether she does it willingly or not’Click Got him His last phrase is chilling isn't it?What happened to the wife after that? She got a temporary order giving her residency and the child and he took off for Bangladesh sending her very insulting material and divorcing her as she had brought dishonour on his family by bringing him to court for rape abuse and taking her child He of course suffered no dishonour by being a violent rapistThe mother in law was ordered to produce the passport and so the wife was able to establish her identity and get housing and benefits and an independent life Although not necessarily a happy one In her culture being divorced for dishonouring her husband by exposing the private secrets of a family in public meant that she was almost certainly going to be rejected by all future potential husbands and many men and their powerful mothers would not want their families to mix with her nor their children to be friends with her's There is no sympathy for victims if they are women Indeed there is sympathy for the man how dare she report she was raped and abused the poor man going through that no wonder he divorced her It's a very cruel culture We talk about human rights but when the persecution no matter how extreme is traditional “I asked them why when they persecute men for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they persecute women it was dismissed as tradition” Emer Martin Rewritten March 1st 2020


  2. says:

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on wwwwhisperingstoriescomIn barrister turned author Sarah Langford’s book ‘In Your Defence Stories of Life and Law’ we meet eleven clients that Sarah represented or had legal dealings with and which their stories had have stayed with her The cases are varied and whilst some were handled in the family courts others were serious enough to go before the CrownEach chapter is a new case At the beginning you are given the clients name where they were tried and the law which their crime comes under For example the first case is that of Dominic who was tried at Oxford Magistrate Court and Oxford Crown Court The legal issue is covered under ‘Children and Young Persons Act 1933 Section 50 – Age of Criminal Responsibility’Each case is uniue and they were all very interesting Some were heartbreaking whilst others were heartwarming The book does read like a fictional story yet you are conscious that it is all real You not only get to find out about the clients but also about Sarah herself too Some stories are also truly harrowing whilst others might have you wanting to know why Sarah would take the case onThe book was riveting and I felt fully engaged the whole way through I do like criminal case stories whether real or fictional so this book was right up my alley It was an interesting look at the UK’s criminal justice service and how it works I was surprised to learn how close to the court case that Sarah gets the paperwork sometimes only a matter of hours beforeSarah’s voice comes across so clear and she has a way of engaging the reader The words just flowed naturally and I would love to have read about cases as I was that intrigued in Sarah’s legal world


  3. says:

    Sarah Langford takes us on several journeys though several of her court cases as a barrister We experience what she is told and what she wonders about the real truth of the cases she brings to trial She also tells us about the difficulties that her clients experience in their livesI could not shake off a sense that I had forgotten one of the most important lessons my job had taught me There was no one truth there was no one story Instead there were behind every case just webs of messy lives To look for the truth in a case was to forget my role It was my responsibility to guide those who came my was as best I could through the law and its systems with humanity and empathy It was my job to give them as far as I was able what they wanted And I must try to do this even when what they wanted was not always in the end actually justiceMany of the cases she describes are gut wrenching From police abuse to paedophile material on a youngster's computer from two children going to court probably to cover up for their drug dealing mother to an indebted drug dealer prostituting herself to her suppliers The cases that affected me most were her description of a searing custody case where the bitterness between the parents seemed to overrule any consideration of the children view spoilerI had often been asked Does it put you off getting married dealing with cases like that? I knew I was supposed to brush it away and announce my objectivity Except the truth was yes it had Representing parents at war had fundamentally affected my life choices I had imagined boyfriends' faces on the other side of a courtroom I had wondered whether I would fight in the breathless wounded way my clients did I had seen how easy it was for love to slip into that hide spoiler


  4. says:

    I would like to thank the publishers Doubleday Books for sending me a physical ARC of In Your Defence in exchange for an honest reviewThis one did take me a while to read but that was basically I found all of the case stories inspired by real life court cases extremely interesting The author herself works in law as a defence barrister and In Your Defence chronicles a selection of her most memorable cases from her time in the courtroom Some of them contained topics that were hard to read about since as rape drugs and an abusive relationship but I liked how each case story got to the point and the majority of backstory was interesting to read about I appreciated the notes section at the back of my ARC copy which talks about various laws in greater detail in a way that is easy to understand The pacing did drag a little but overall it was a good real life experience and one I can recommend


  5. says:

    “I had forgotten one of the most important lessons my job had taught me There was no one truth there was no one story Instead there were behind every case just webs of messy lives To look for the truth in a case was to forget my role It was my responsibility to guide those who came my way as best I could through the law and its systems with humanity and empathy It was my job to give them as far as I was able what they wanted And I must try to do this even when what they wanted was not always in the end actually justice”Sarah Langford is a barrister a courttrial lawyer with a particular passion for criminal law In this collection of eleven cases from magistrate and crown courts Langford tells the stories of a wide variety of people she represented—among them a young offender who chronically burgled badly; a man charged with gross indecency for “cottaging” engaging in sex in a public lavatory; a Bangladesh born non English speaking young wife whose violent husband seeks to gain custody of their young child; an 18 year old possible pedophile; and a 22 year old mother herself the daughter of chaos and dysfunction who has already had one child taken away and now stands to lose her newborn sonLangford’s book is mostly both entertaining and educational The cases read like short stories with fully fleshed out characters psychological insights and often suspense Legal terms are usually seamlessly incorporated and explained within the main body of the text but the reader can also check footnotes which provide detailed informationThe reader learns how the courts work how a case is processed and something about the daily life of barrister who is not only responsible for properly representing clients’ stories and interests but also an interpreter a social worker psychiatrist educator and even a parent at times Langford’s ethical dilemmas emotional responses her wrangling with her own shameful reactions to clients and their stories are laid out honestly for the reader to consider Langford is an intelligent and likeable guide whom I enjoyed spending time with


  6. says:

    A junior barrister's account of life at the coalface of the law working with some pretty disastrous people and a system that is pretty much destroyed by underfunding Read The Law is Broken by The Secret Barrister the state of this is horrifying It's a good humane fascinating read well written and engaging and just a tad liable to make you want to move to a yurt and never speak to another human again because God people are awful


  7. says:

    35 🌟 starsErm for me this was a book of two parts there was the frustrated author air to this in parts the wispy tendrils of the morning fog were ever evident on the cold ground But when you get to the meat and two veg of it this is a uniue and thought provoking book that does not pull its punches The family Court chapters are particularly hard if you are a parent Worth a read when it comes out on paperback


  8. says:

    An interesting look at what it means to be a barrister in today’s UK legal system The author covers eleven of her most memorable cases peppered with her thoughts on the justice system and a little of her life outside of the courtroom This was an articulately written account and posed many thought provoking issues The author is an English graduate before turning her hand to law and her love of books words and language is displayed in her book Recommend read for fans of true crime and those interested in what goes on behind the closed doors of the courtroom


  9. says:

    A book that is of great interest to me as I work in the law courts It always strikes me no matter how simple a case can be in the final analysis a crime not only has repercussions with the perpetrator and the immediate victim but can have far reaching conseuences to people beyond the crime itself There is no greater example of this than family cases where often the mother and father have few if any social skills often they are drug dependant and a relationship that is in essence volatile can in no way tolerate the introduction of a child Sarah Langford in her excellent novel explores cases she has directly been involved and a number are sadly family relatedThis is a sober account of our justice system in action and how we attempt to right the wrongs that people commit people who never want to accept responsibility for their evil deedsThe author through a number of poignant examples give the reader a great insight into the workings of the law courts in modern society Recommended


  10. says:

    Struggling a bit with the novel I was reading I picked this up as a contrast and enjoyable it was Barrister Sarah Lanford here writes with intelligence and frankness about the legal process with an insightful nature and with plenty of interest to say about her career in court It was good I enjoyed it found it uite thought provoking and it taught me a bit about the day to day happenings in the British legal system from minor divorce disagreements through to serious rapes and attacks Well written and though there were some very difficult to read parts dealing with child sexual abuse and neglect overall it was an approachable and readable book What it could be accused of lacking in depth it made up for in accessibility