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."
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
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