By Legal Futures Associate Bath Publishing
It’s not often that one of the year’s best Summer holiday reads happens to be one that every lawyer should read – no-one would ever dream of packing the White Book I’m sure. But this year is different.
Most Legal Futures readers will be well aware of the controversies whipped up among the legal profession by the scandal at the Post Office. Should the lawyers have blown the whistle? Were prosecutions made without sufficient disclosure to those charged? Where should an in-house lawyer’s allegiances lie? All these have been raised time and again on these pages over the past two or three years.
The Great Post Office Scandal by Nick Wallis is the definitive account of the affair and fills you in on the inside story so you can ponder those questions yourself.
It chronicles how innocent subpostmasters were wrongfully convicted and then follows their subsequent campaign to overturn those convictions through barely believable scenes at the High Court, a controversial recusal application, a contempt of court sideshow and the eventual devastating judgments from the High Court and the Court of Appeal that blew open the whole affair. Nick has skillfully woven in the heart-rending human stories of the victims to create a book that packs the emotional punch of a novel with the relentless pace of a thriller.
As one Amazon reviewer recently wrote
“Quite simply, this book is a masterpiece of investigative journalism. Forensically researched, meticulously detailed and crisply written – not a word is wasted. If you thought that it would not be possible to turn a story about a duff IT system into a thrilling, jaw-dropping page-turner…think again.”
While Paul Gilbert, of LBC Wise Counsel has described it as “what feels like the most important book I have ever read.”
You can get a taste of what they mean by reading the first three chapters for free on the Bath Publishing website or click this link to buy your copy – in print, digital or audiobook formats – at 30% off the full price (the discount is applied automatically when you checkout).