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I am a barrister specialising in criminal law.  Although I still practise, and love appearing in court, for reasons which I won't bore you with here I am not able to spend as much time doing that as I would like.   It was largely for this reason that in 2013 I started blog www.barristerblogger.com. It won the award for the best independent blog at the 2015 Comment Awards. It has never contained a single advertisement and I want to keep it that way. 

I am a criminal barrister so  I write more about the criminal law than anything else. Topics have included the so-called "Westminster VIP paedophile ring" (sceptically), the investigation into Ted Heath, the Greville Janner allegations, miscarriages of justice, the knotty problem of consent in "gender-fraud" cases, the death penalty and the Oscar Pistorius case.

I am against the "dock" in criminal courts the dreadful (now usually glass) box in which defendants are required to sit during their trials, and in favour of the right to ramble naked in the beautiful English countryside - or for that matter in our towns. On the other hand, if people want to appear in court while wearing a veil I don't think we should stop them; in fact there's quite a strong argument for saying everyone giving evidence should wear a veil but I wouldn't insist on that either.

I am against locking people up if it can possibly be avoided, especially in our foetid and dangerous prisons.

I have written about allegations of a baby-eating Satanic abuse ring at Christchurch School, Hampstead, and the peculiar law on sex with animals.

I have also written posts aimed at practising advocates - for example hints on how to make a good closing speech - and on what to watch out for if you are about to be cross-examined in court.

The blog has also published exclusive guest posts from such people as the philosopher and Inner Temple Bencher Sir Roger Scruton (on the principles of common law), legend of the criminal bar Nigel Pascoe QC (on how to conduct cross examination), and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, on (Satanic abuse scares).

I am interested in the many areas where law and politics overlap, especially the European Convention on Human Rights (Britain's continued membership of which I strongly support), and the EU (where after some hesitation I decided, a bit late in the day, that I was strongly in favour of remaining). 

I also have an interest in Middle-Eastern, and especially Turkish affairs.

I'm broadly on the centre-right of British politics - though a demented liberal by US standards. My political instincts are fairly libertarian: I favour a high degree of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of business enterprise. I would like taxes kept as low as possible and I believe that a lower tax rate often may often lead to higher tax receipts. I support the decriminalisation of drugs, abortion on demand and a reduction in our prison population. Nationalist, Socialist and Green politics depress me.  I am in favour of fracking and of growing genetically modified crops. I'm very much against homeopathy.

I try to write a stimulating, occasionally provocative and above all readable blog. Occasionally I might even try to make you laugh.

If you enjoy reading what I write, and if you would like to support high quality independent legal journalism then I would be very grateful if you could consider becoming a patron. Researching and writing the blog is time consuming and surprisingly exhausting work, and - I can't think of how to of wrap this up in a polite English way - it would be nice to be paid for producing it!







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I am a barrister specialising in criminal law.  Although I still practise, and love appearing in court, for reasons which I won't bore you with here I am not able to spend as much time doing that as I would like.   It was largely for this reason that in 2013 I started blog www.barristerblogger.com. It won the award for the best independent blog at the 2015 Comment Awards. It has never contained a single advertisement and I want to keep it that way. 

I am a criminal barrister so  I write more about the criminal law than anything else. Topics have included the so-called "Westminster VIP paedophile ring" (sceptically), the investigation into Ted Heath, the Greville Janner allegations, miscarriages of justice, the knotty problem of consent in "gender-fraud" cases, the death penalty and the Oscar Pistorius case.

I am against the "dock" in criminal courts the dreadful (now usually glass) box in which defendants are required to sit during their trials, and in favour of the right to ramble naked in the beautiful English countryside - or for that matter in our towns. On the other hand, if people want to appear in court while wearing a veil I don't think we should stop them; in fact there's quite a strong argument for saying everyone giving evidence should wear a veil but I wouldn't insist on that either.

I am against locking people up if it can possibly be avoided, especially in our foetid and dangerous prisons.

I have written about allegations of a baby-eating Satanic abuse ring at Christchurch School, Hampstead, and the peculiar law on sex with animals.

I have also written posts aimed at practising advocates - for example hints on how to make a good closing speech - and on what to watch out for if you are about to be cross-examined in court.

The blog has also published exclusive guest posts from such people as the philosopher and Inner Temple Bencher Sir Roger Scruton (on the principles of common law), legend of the criminal bar Nigel Pascoe QC (on how to conduct cross examination), and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, on (Satanic abuse scares).

I am interested in the many areas where law and politics overlap, especially the European Convention on Human Rights (Britain's continued membership of which I strongly support), and the EU (where after some hesitation I decided, a bit late in the day, that I was strongly in favour of remaining). 

I also have an interest in Middle-Eastern, and especially Turkish affairs.

I'm broadly on the centre-right of British politics - though a demented liberal by US standards. My political instincts are fairly libertarian: I favour a high degree of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of business enterprise. I would like taxes kept as low as possible and I believe that a lower tax rate often may often lead to higher tax receipts. I support the decriminalisation of drugs, abortion on demand and a reduction in our prison population. Nationalist, Socialist and Green politics depress me.  I am in favour of fracking and of growing genetically modified crops. I'm very much against homeopathy.

I try to write a stimulating, occasionally provocative and above all readable blog. Occasionally I might even try to make you laugh.

If you enjoy reading what I write, and if you would like to support high quality independent legal journalism then I would be very grateful if you could consider becoming a patron. Researching and writing the blog is time consuming and surprisingly exhausting work, and - I can't think of how to of wrap this up in a polite English way - it would be nice to be paid for producing it!







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