Law

How verbal and physical abuse drove me out of the police

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Police officers deserve greater protection

Boris Johnson may have found an advocate in ancient Greece

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Boris Johnson is to be tried at the Crown Court on the grounds that, during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign,…

George the Poet in 2014. Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images

Forget the Reith Lectures. To understand the world listen to George the Poet

25 May 2019 9:00 am

At last a podcast that takes the medium to its limit, created by someone who loves listening, understands how it…

As a QC, I believe the time has come to legalise drugs

4 May 2019 9:00 am

There’s one thing that lies behind almost every case I’ve worked on

Crackles with nylon, self-regard and unearned privilege: On the Basis of Sex reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too ill to sit on the Supreme Court. When she saw On the Basis of Sex,…

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Why former prisoners make the best lawyers

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Kampala I am terrified of being with former death-row prisoner Susan Kigula. This is because she qualified for her driving…

No, minister: the John Worboys case should stay closed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…

Original, astute, unnerving, sexy, funny, brutal: Dorfman Theatre’s Consent reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s like Raging Bull. The great Scorsese movie asks if a professional boxer can exclude violence from his family life.…

Is Donald Trump a man we can do business with? An insider’s verdict

1 April 2017 9:00 am

How good a businessman is Donald Trump? Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, since barring death or impeachment he’ll be the…

Thank God for expensive lawyers!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

1917: War is no excuse for theft

18 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The confiscation of enemy property’, The Spectator, 17 February 1917: It is perfectly possible to remove German influences without…

The buyer of my flat has an unhealthy obsession with my wiggle

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The problem holding up my house move turns out to be a wiggle. Have you ever had a wiggle? It…

Real-life killers can have even sillier ideas than Bond villains

21 January 2017 9:00 am

If you think Bond villains’ ideas are implausibly silly, you should meet some more real-life criminals

A QC's guide to Christmas crime

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Why Christmas is busy for us criminal barristers

A warning for Nigel Farage from ancient Athens

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Frenzied outrage from Leavers and comical paeans of praise from Remainers greeted the High Court’s decision to instruct government that Parliament…

The men who can’t not shoot

15 October 2016 9:00 am

A criminal barrister on hair-trigger violence

An abuse of The Archers

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Why is everyone reacting to the Helen and Rob storyline as though they were real people?

Why a Roman might have intervened to help the Brits in India

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Because no country can interfere in another’s legal system, there is little the UK can do to help the six…

How more data can make you more wrong

13 August 2016 9:00 am

In a one-day international against Australia last year, Ben Stokes was dismissed for ‘obstructing the field’, a rule rarely invoked…

A vote of confidence in Britain (even the bond markets agree)

2 July 2016 9:00 am

During the referendum campaign, it seemed at times as if a competition was on to issue the most hyperbolic claim…

A top criminal lawyer’s guide to cocaine

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Drug-taking is less glamorous when you know how the trade really works

Britain’s fight with European law goes back 750 years

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It is no surprise that the laws imposed on the UK by a European parliament in Brussels should so infuriate…

Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Technology has made murderers much easier to catch

What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Matters of life and death Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In…

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…