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From Wig and Pen to Computer: Reflections of a Legal Author

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ISBN13: 9780854900220
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780549002253
Published: April 2008
Publisher: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £14.95

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Eric Stockdale left school at 14 and went to work in wartime London. After two years in the post-war Army he was called to the Bar at the age of 21 and appointed a Circuit judge shortly after his 43rd. birthday. He took early retirement at 65 and then heard Criminal Injuries Compensation appeals for ten years.

When he became a barrister in 1950 he was a young man with an unusual background, which included ‘a pathetic attempt’ (his words) to follow several relatives into journalism. After his failure to break into Fleet Street, Eric Stockdale decided to earn his living from chambers in the adjoining Temple.

His ability to write led to the publication of many articles, followed by books on criminal justice and historical topics, culminating with two works inspired by the links of many leaders of the American Revolution with his own Inn of Court, the Middle Temple.

Chapter 6 on Blackstone Press recounts his part in the creation of Blackstone's Criminal Practice, alongside Alaistair Macqueen, Peter Murphy and a host of others.

As this book is about his experiences as a legal author, it also deals briefly with his life in the law and describes how he became interested in the different subjects about which he wrote. Sir Igor Judge, in his Foreword, comments: ‘This is a remarkable story by any standards,’ and adds, ‘much is written humorously.’ The reader, whether lawyer or layman, is likely to concur with that judgment.

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Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, Biography
Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Sir Igor Judge, President of the Queen's Bench Division
1. A Journalistic Background
2. A Switch to the Bar
3. The Court and the Offender
4. Crime and Punishment in Bedfordshire
5. Two More Criminal Justice Books
6. Blackstone Press
7. The Damned Publishers
8. 'Tis Treason, My Good Man!
9. Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution;

Series: Eric Stockdale

Further and Worse Particulars ISBN 9780854900411
Published April 2009
Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
The Man Who Shot the President and Other Lawyers ISBN 9780854900299
Published September 2008
Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing