The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law. This blog aims to provide a fly-on-the-wall view of the criminal justice system, and of life at the Criminal Bar in general. By writing anonymously, I hope to spray a few shafts of sunlight onto what is to most an alien and impenetrable world, publicly reflected only in selective media reportage and artistically-licensed tv dramatisation.
This blog is not an industry puff-piece, nor does it pretend to be a specialist authority. It merely attempts to present a candid and accessible account of the reality of the criminal law in action, and to provide a rebuttal to popular misconceptions endorsed by politicians and the media.
The Secret Barrister writes for Solicitors Journal, New Statesman and INews and has had copy distributed in The Sun, The Mirror and Huffington Post.
In 2016, the Secret Barrister was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.
Their first book, “The Law and How It’s Broken”, is to be published by Pan Macmillan in 2018. Please direct any enquiries to Chris Wellbelove at email@example.com