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Minding the Law: The hazardous and hilarious world of handling complaints against barristers

ISBN13: 9781739265700
Published: April 2023
Publisher: Marble Hill Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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In 1997, the Bar Council, which regulates the behaviour of barristers, appointed Michael Scott, a recently retired soldier with a distinguished war record but no legal experience, to head its first Complaints Commission to deal with the public's complaints against the legal profession. It was the sort of minefield Scott had not encountered before. He had to deal with murderers, gangsters, drug barons, paedophiles, bitter wives and infuriated neighbours, all of whom believed they had been let down by the legal profession. He found that the price of justice brought him face to face with all kinds of hostility, from mockery to threats of violence, apprearsnces in court and of course, regular scrutiny by journalists and consumer counsellors. But amongst the stories of delusion, sadness and occasional tragedy, there are moments of great hilarity - as the tin of Argentinian corned beef and the thirty pierces of silver. This is a rich and enthralling account of how human nature will tie itself in all kinds of knots too get what it thinks it deserves - and how an experienced and honest ex-soldier was up to all the tricks his complainants play on him.

Legal Humour
Author's Note
Complaints Process
1. To the Bar
2. Start-Up
3. Pooh Traps for the Profession
4. Murder
5. Threads from the Tapestry
6. Ordinary Decent Crime
7. Sex Raises its Ugly...
8. Home and Abroad
9. The Lawyers
10. In Court
11. Sailing Close to the Wind
13. Up Front and Personal
14. Political
15. The Future