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The top 10 sunday times best seller.

Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people?

Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society. 

Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from other loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge - worse, we risk letting them make us complicit. 

Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds an hilarious, alarming and eye-opening defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 04-09-2020

An important analysis of current justice

I’ve felt that the present government, more than any I have experienced, has been eroding democracy and our rights as citizens and is moving toward political appointments to the judiciary, aided by the mainstream media and far-right agitators. This is a timely analysis of recent events and the acceptance by many people of dubious political actions. Few of us know much about the law, including many prominent politicians. A catchy headline wins out over respect for the rule of law, “facts” often turn out to be misrepresentation or downright lies. This is not a dull book, and is presented with passion tempered by reason.

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  • J. Simmons
  • 13-09-2020

Disappointing

Let me firstly say, the first book in this series, is excellent balanced and informative. This book, in my opinion, is a rant, and a very drawn out deep criticism of the right wing media. And I believe a holy one sided agrument. I expected a much more balanced view. And I hoped in someway, this book would highlight, some of the very serious problems in our justice system. My interpretation was in each chapter, there is severe criticism of the right wing media and very little on anything else. Fake news comes from all sides of the politically divided media.

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  • Warren Hughes
  • 03-09-2020

Well written & well read.

Cogent and insightful. The Secret Barrister demonstrates a wide reach and secure grasp of difficult problems. They have an enviable ability to make the complex issues accessable for those not legally trained.

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  • Mrs M
  • 09-09-2020

Excellent, very thought provoking, didn’t disappoint

Binge listened to this book which I really enjoyed. A great run through some of the most ridiculous and depressing episodes in legal reporting with a good measure of dry humour. Would heartily recommend.

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  • Eltonson
  • 22-09-2020

A fantastic 'must listen' from beginning to end

Much like the first Secret Barrister installment, this is a truly excellent opus. We delude and comfort ourselves in thinking that we'll never come into contact with the justice system and it is, therefore, not something we need to concern ourselves with. We should. God help us if we find ourselves the wrong side of the tracks thanks to constant meddling by politicians, the media and the infamous "court of public opinion". Churchill's view on democracy immediately springs to mind in this regard. A great narrator, guides us through this funny, informative and frightening work with great skill. This is a must for anyone interested in law, liberty or the justice system. Highly recommended!

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  • Mr. R. Adams
  • 21-09-2020

Identity should be revealed!

Apologist heart on sleeve rotten rant. Views spun in a way the author is critical of throughout this pompous naive tosh. Please reveal who you are just in case I need representation in the future and can decline ur services. Have to confess I enjoyed the secret barrister but this a personal subjective trawl through recent topics of the authors choosing leaving no doubt which side of the political divide they are from. Not much legal perspective is evident just the need to make their point again again and monotonously again. Will not be subjecting myself to any future titles from the same pen

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  • papapownall
  • 15-09-2020

Second startling volume from the Caped Crusader

This is the follow up to the Secret Barrister's 2018 book Stories of the Law and How It's Broken. In this second tome, we hear from our Caped Crusader how media spin creates a false impression of the law and the theme is misinformation in our justice system. We learn how many form their opinion on the UK justice system from what they have read, or heard regurgitated from, the frothier wing of our tabloid press. Many of our politicians either deliberately not understanding or simply being un-informed about how justice works and legal aid in particular has become a soft target for reform and there is a growing trend for the press and pressure groups trying to influence judges regarding sentencing. Legal aid budgets have been a soft target for cuts from all parties in recent years and the author explains the devastating impact this is having and how many of the most vulnerable people in society are no longer able to afford justice. Our mysterious author rallies against the erosion of human rights and how there is a common perception that the European Court of Human Rights is biased against the UK and goes to prove that it is not and gives examples of several high profile cases where justice has been restored to UK citizens that would not have been achieved through the UK courts. Reading / listening to this book it is shocking how much disinformation there is regarding our justice system. The legal system needs to be open, transparent and accessible and is owned by all who have a stake in it. The author asks why any government would want its citizens to have fewer rights. There is certainly need for more education regarding the mechanisms of how justice works in the UK and I would recommend anyone who is interested in this subject should read this book.

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  • Martin Walsh
  • 23-11-2020

Nominated for most annoying book

This is one of the worst books I've downloaded. I don't usually review books but with this I feel I have no choice. Firstly, it stops just short of calling Daily Mail readers simple gammon. The author is highly critical of the selective reporting in certain newspapers while doing exactly the same him/herself. A perfect example of this is the reporting on the Alexander Blackman case, which according to this book is simply the murder of a Taliban detainee by British troops, without once mentioning Mr Blackman's mental health or the fact the insurgent was already mortally wounded by Apache fire when he was detained. This whole book is the author defending laws that are no longer fit for purpose, and are long overdue being rewritten. If you think laws that allow illegal immigrants who kill British citizens to remain in this country are a good thing, then this book is for you. The author cheerfully points out laws that would allow Shamima Begum to return to the UK are ok, because these laws have always been there, so why not? The undercurrent of this book is that if you disagree with this author's point of view then you're racist gammon - although they stop just short of saying that in the book. If you liked the first book like me, then avoid this one like the plague.

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  • Lois
  • 20-10-2020

Had to request a refund after listening to intro

The introduction to this book really displays the writers bias. I don't want to have their opinions on how illegal immigrants are sucking the life and money out of the country in the first five minutes. Thats a completely subjective view. I thought I was going to get a balanced book, not an insight into the authors own political leanings.

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  • J
  • 22-09-2020

Excellent and concise

Once again another triumph from the secret Barister! Very well read, with pockets of light heartedness to break up the compelling and damning narrative Some duplication with the first book with some themes repeated but set out more thoroughly here I think.

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