About

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, “Reasonable Doubts: The Law and How It’s Broken”, is to be published by Pan Macmillan in 2018. Please direct any enquiries to Chris Wellbelove at chris@aitkenalexander.co.uk

14 thoughts on “About

  1. So pleased to have stumbled upon your blog after reading your myth busting piece on Ched Evans. I’m a home educator tutoring my son through GCSE law and suspect that we’ll be visiting here often!

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  2. Dear Secret Barrister…
    I have no idea who you are, and actually do not want to know, but I thought that your article (included in a link by my friend Serena Mackesy on Facebook) was undoubtedly the definitive summary of the whole Ched Evans conundrum, and so much more informative than anything in the press…
    I am not a lawyer, and am not even particularly concerned about Mr Evans, but I am really interested in what you have to say…
    Keep up the good work. You have a stellar future ahead of you!

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  3. I appreciate I am unable to comment on your post regarding the Ched Evans case, and why. But, on a more-general point, might the original Evans case have been a pointer towards the use of the Scots Law “Not Proven” verdict in English Law.

    Would you like to discuss this?

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