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Under the Wig: A Lawyer's Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence

ISBN13: 9781529401240
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Quercus Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781912454082

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How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? Or sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case? In this memoir, murder case lawyer William Clegg revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an earprint.

All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk.

Under the Wig is for anyone who wants to know the reality of a murder trial. It has been praised as "gripping" by The Times, "riveting" by the Sunday Express and "fascinating" by the Secret Barrister, who described the author as "one of our country's greatest jury advocates."

Several prominent barristers, including Matthew Scott and Bob Marshall-Andrews QC, have said Under the Wig is a "must read" for anyone with an interest in the criminal law. Switch off the TV dramas and see real criminal law in action.

Well-known cases featured:-

  • The Murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common
  • The Chillenden Murders (Dr Lin and Megan Russell)
  • The Trial of Private Lee Clegg
  • The Murder of Jill Dando
  • The first Nazi war crimes prosecution in the UK
  • The Murder of Joanna Yeates
  • The Rebekah Brooks Phone Hacking Trial
    This is a gripping memoir from one of our country's greatest jury advocates, offering a fascinating, no-holds-barred tour behind the scenes of some of the most famous criminal cases of modern times.'
    The Secret Barrister
    Countless veteran lawyers have produced page-tuners based in the fictional world of law, but in Under the Wig William Clegg, QC, has distilled his extraordinary life in the criminal courtroom into a yarn equally as gripping.'
    The Times