A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CRIMINAL LAW
I have been a solicitor for twenty-five years, always working in criminal law. I was a defence solicitor first and then a Senior Crown Prosecutor for eighteen years.
Since 2015, I have been a freelance solicitor. This doesn't mean that I can act for you, as I cannot act as a solicitor for anyone who approaches me directly. Instead, I am hired by the prosecution or a defence firm to cover a particular day or case in court.
I work this way because it fits in with the other side of my life, writing novels. If I want a month away from the courts, I can take it. I enjoy the flexibility it gives me, but also I enjoy still being in the game. I like criminal law, always have, and I would miss it if I gave it up completely.
Being a published author for more than thirteen years, I come across many other writers, published and aspiring, who don't have the same background in criminal law that I have and need to know aspects of law for their novel. After many years of giving the advice, and conducting masterclasses on behalf of the Guardian newspaper, I thought it was about time I put down what I know into a book.
This is not a textbook. It is a writer's guide. I do not quote cases and statutes. I tell you what the law is and how it works. I use real-life cases to illustrate things. Sometimes, those cases are the leading cases, and sometimes they are just interesting examples. The point is, I wanted to write the book in a way that people would find interesting as well as informative.
In this book, I take you through the criminal justice system, and explain how defence lawyers work, how prosecutors work, how the court system works, and pepper it with my own observations and experiences. If you want to know how trials work, it's in the book, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.
I like to think that it is an interesting read whether or not you are writing a novel, but I have written it with writers in mind.
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I hope you enjoy it.