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The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister

Best-selling author of The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken (Picador: 2018), and Independent Blogger of the Year (2017 and 2016 Comment Awards), the Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law and blogs at thesecretbarrister.com. Fake Law: the Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by the Secret Barrister was published by Picador on 3 September 2020.

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The truth about our human rights laws, by the Secret Barrister

Few cases raise more hackles than foreign nationals breaching our criminal law, only for the govern­ment’s attempts at deporting them to be frustrated.

An extract from Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by the Secret Barrister

03 September 2020

Opinion: Where next for post-COVID criminal justice? asks The Secret Barrister

Something must be done or the much-vaunted ‘new normal’ will be taking place without us. The Secret Barrister boils down the critical issues into a five-point alternative recovery plan for criminal justice

28 July 2020

OPINION The Secret Barrister on televised sentencing in the Crown court

Broadcasting deals for on-screen sentencing: a decontextualised gift to bad-faith editors? Why we shouldn’t lose sight of the risks to open justice. By The Secret Barrister

23 April 2020

Troubleshooting tips for the junior Bar

Taking stock of your practice, planning for the future and adjusting the way you work is one way to make use of interrupted times. Athena Markides grilled a panel, one famously secret, at the Bar Conference for their advice

16 April 2020

Interview: Richard Atkins QC

Grilling Richard Atkins QC on his fears and aspirations for the year ahead, The Secret Barrister finds a crusader chair with an ambitious and overarching aim

16 January 2019
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Freeze frame

Digitising documents, yes. Digitising clients, no. The Secret Barrister’s resistance to the video-link revolution is both practical and principled

28 September 2018
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Inquisitorialism: a search for truth?

The Secret Barrister wears a black cape, fights crime and shares with Counsel an extract from their much-anticipated book on the criminal justice system: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

22 March 2018
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#MeToo & due process

#MeToo has been a powerful force for good but in the court of social media, ‘I don’t know’ could be the fairest verdict of all, writes The Secret Barrister

An old stand-up routine – I forget whose – used to poke fun at those old-style newspaper polls where members of the public were invited to phone a premium rate number and express their view on a contentious issue of the day.

19 December 2017
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Will justice win or lose?

The Secret Barrister has to dig deep to find the few scraps marked ‘justice’ but unearths four things we can learn from the parties’ pledges

General election manifesto launches often cast the criminal justice system in the role of the naughty child of Christmas lore. 

30 May 2017
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