The Silk Brief

The Silk Brief


Reviews for the Silk Brief. "Just could not put this book down. The book transported my imagination where I was right inside a courtroom drama.... Fantastic, thoroughly recommend this book!" "Both educational and entertaining ...I thought the author did an excellent job of introducing Americans to the British legal system (which bemuses many of us as much as cricket). I always love good summations, and these were of high calibre... The author demonstrated a mastery of providing meaningful snippets of personal life essentially in textual asides." "Author John Burton, Q.C. knows of whereof he writes, and his book, as well as being a well plotted, well written and highly enjoyable murder trial novel, is an education in the English criminal justice system, warts and all... There is also a fascinating subplot about the business of English criminal lawyers and the intrigues of the "Chambers" in which Brant practices." .."...the skills of both the Prosecution, Joanna Glass QC and the Defence are on display. The reader is made to feel part of the Defence team." David Brant QC is a newly appointed Queen's Counsel, a "Silk," a Criminal Barrister struggling against ever-dwindling legal aid funds and a lack of work. His Chambers is also suffering internal and external pressures and his Senior Clerk seems to only serve a select few. Life at the Bar is more challenging than ever before. His personal life is not much better. Having faced an acrimonious divorce after an inadvisable liaison with a female Solicitor, his life has become a mixture of enforced rest and ever increasing consumption of Claret and Rioja Reserva. However, after a night out with his Senior Clerk, he is instructed to defend in a Murder trial, leading one of the instructing solicitor's firm's In-House Barristers. The client is a Mr Damien Clarke, a cocaine addict charged with killing a known associate, Usman Hussain, after a night of smoking crack together in Hussain's flat. The evidence against Damien appears almost overwhelming and as the case progresses towards trial it is strengthened by further forensic scientific evidence. David Brant QC must use all his forensic skill to combat the array of damning evidence against Damien and to pit his wits against a highly competent Prosecutor and a Judge who has a personal dislike for him. The Silk Brief takes us from before David Brant QC is instructed, through his early preparation of the case and conferences with the client in the High Security Belmarsh prison, through to the trial and verdict. It provides the day by day record of a murder trial including the examination and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses, Counsel's speeches, the Judges summing up and finally the jury's deliberations and verdict. Although a work of fiction, the author draws extensively on his knowledge of the Criminal Bar of England and Wales, having practiced as a Criminal Barrister for over thirty years, latterly as Queen's Counsel, conducting many trials, including murder trials in the Central Criminal Court, known colloquially and fondly as "The Old Bailey."

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MR John M Burton Qc
Paperback | 396 pages
140 x 216 x 21mm | 458g
Publication date
15 Jan 2013
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
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