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Albert Haddock, the hero of countless lawsuits in A.P. Herbert's Misleading Cases, made his first public appearance in Punch in 1924.
I gave always understood that I invented him the author writes in his introduction, but he has made some disturbing escapes into real life.
Case number 32 in which Mr Haddock makes out a cheque on the side of a cow and lends it to the officer of the Collector of Taxes is one such escape.
As a result of the first BBC television series of Misleading Cases it was reported in an American newspapaer as a serious news item. The cases in Uncommon Law are a collection of his finest, most peculiar, most comical cases and also includes such unlikely trials as What is a Motor-Car?, and Is Laughter Illegal?.
Amidst the laughter and incredulity, A P Herbert takes a fair few sideswipes at the absurdities of the English law and will teach the reader more about the legal process than lawyers know themselves.