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. The law can often feel to the public like an alien and impenetrable world, linked to everyday life only by selective news reportage and artistically-licensed tv dramatisation. These pages aim to bridge that gap by providing a candid, and hopefully accessible, explanation of our criminal justice system, of how it works, and of how, all too often, it doesn’t.
This blog does not pretend to be a specialist authority or a substitute for formal legal advice. It merely attempts to present a candid and accessible account of the reality of the criminal law in action, and to occasionally provide a rebuttal to popular misconceptions endorsed by politicians and the media.
The Secret Barrister has written for the The Times, The Guardian, New Statesman, iNews, Standpoint, Esquire, Counsel Magazine and Solicitors Journal, and has had copy distributed by The Sun, The Mirror and Huffington Post.
In 2016 and 2017, the Secret Barrister was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. In 2018, the Secret Barrister was named Legal Personality of The Year at the Law Society Awards.
The Secret Barrister is a patron of FRU (Free Representation Unit) and the Aberdeen Law Project.
The Secret Barrister’s first book and Sunday Times Bestseller, “Stories of The Law and How It’s Broken”, was published by Pan Macmillan in March 2018, and is available to buy here. Their second book, “Fake Law”, is published by Picador in April 2020, and is available to pre-order here. Please direct any enquiries to Chris Wellbelove at firstname.lastname@example.org.