In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law

By Sarah Langford (author) | Format: Hardback | Rating:

More than 10 in stock

September 24 - September 27


Review "Sarah Langford has reinvented a genre ... [as a barrister she has turned] her experience ... Read more

Trusted by millions
Products at great prices
Vetted UK suppliers
Quick, free, delivery
Safe & secure payment

Product Details


Review "Sarah Langford has reinvented a genre ... [as a barrister she has turned] her experience of 11 criminal cases into short stories that are as compelling as fiction, with the added fascination of being essentially true ... Immensely powerful." (Jenni Russell Sunday Times)"A compelling read for anyone who cares about fairness, justice and humanity and should be on the reading list of all politicians and policy-makers." (Catherine Baksi Observer)"[Langford] combines the demands of her job, the stories of those she represents and her own views and emotions with great skill...powerful, moving and often captivating." (Barney Thompson Financial Times)"Vivid... surprisingly uplifting. A thoughtful, elegant book. ... it is often as thrilling as a detective novel. And sometimes it is moving: the last chapter had this reviewer in tears." (Thomas Grant, QC - author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories The Times)"A riveting account of cases she's fought over nearly 10 years in the family courts. These are harrowing stories: of newborns taken by social services, of bitter divorces, of children trapped in the turbulence of addiction, gangs, or both, an unprecedented collection, moving, enraging and desperate, all told in Langford's cool, compelling prose." (Charlotte Edwardes Evening Standard)"This compelling book tracks eleven cases through the criminal and family courts...tales of despair and hope that could be about you or me. Sarah Langford's stated objective is to bring 'to lif


"Vivid... surprisingly uplifting. A thoughtful, elegant book. ... it is often as thrilling as a detective novel. And sometimes it is moving: the last chapter had this reviewer in tears."
The Times - Thomas Grant, QC - author of Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories


Editor's Choice: Brilliant, highly's hard to imagine a better written or more insightful account of life at the bar than this.

The Bookseller - Caroline Sanderson

"The heart to the brains of @Secret Barrister's book. Together the soul of the Bar."
twitter - Mary Aspinall-Miles, QC

"A wonderful book from a vivid new talent. Revealing, moving, funny, sad, uplifting and beautifully written, with the observational skills of Alan Bennett and the heart of Charles Dickens. Every chapter is an elegantly constructed short story complete with plot twists that alternately deliver a knife to the guts or a glimmer of hope that makes you think humanity has a chance."
Tim Shipman - political editor of the Sunday Times and author of Fall Out

"I loved this book. It made my heart sing. Written by a woman in the law with compassion, wit and legal know-how, these true life courtroom stories tell it like it is. All life is there, showing the importance to justice of lawyers who understand the human condition, Brava, Sarah Langford."
Helena Kennedy QC

"In Your Defence is an anthology of beautifully rendered stories of legal practice, each striking at the beating heart of our justice system. The storytelling is compelling, reading like page-turning fiction, but speaking in every chapter to fundamental truths about the meaning of justice for those trapped in the wheels of our criminal and family courts. Sarah Langford breathes vibrancy and compassion into the dusty tomes of the law, capturing and exposing the raw humanity lying beneath the system, and offering a necessary reminder of the impact of the law on those whose lives are chartered by its whims."
The Secret Barrister

"The wig comes off. More than just a cracking collection of courtroom short-stories -Langford bares her soul."
Matthew Parris

"A great insight into the human side of law."
Miriam Gonzalez Durántez

"Thought-provoking, moving and wise. In Your Defence reminds us that whatever side of the dock we're on, we are bound together by more than what sets us apart."
Elizabeth Day - author of The Party

"With masterly insight into the pressures and strains experienced by the family and criminal courts, as well an account of their humanity, Sarah Langford describes with modesty and elegance why she is proud to be a barrister. She should also be very proud of this book."
Helen Ward, Lady Ward - Partner of Stewarts LLP

Author Biography

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister since 2006, both in London and around the country, principally in criminal and family law. She studied English at the University of the West of England. She worked as a barmaid, legal secretary and note-taking clerk before completing a law conversion, in which she gained a distinction. She was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court and went on to train as a barrister. She lives with her husband and two small boys in London and Suffolk.

Product Specifications

Date Published
28 June 2018
Publication Place
222 x 138

Sarah Langford (author)


Jurisprudence & general issues


True crime

Law & society

Gender & the law

Legal profession: general

Criminal justice law

Delivery Options

Estimated delivery date Courier & service Shipping cost
September 24 - September 27 DPD: Two day +£2.64 (included in displayed price)

Merchant Reviews

Arrived on time and in good condition.

Good service. Little confused by the way the product was offered.

Wow! Arrived super fast. Excellent service.

Arrived Very Quickly and in perfect condition at a good price

Great as usual

Returns Policy

Delivery: We use various couriers. Orders are normally despatched within business days, and will arrive with you business days later. In the event that your order has not arrived within 10 working days of placing the order, please get in touch. Returns: If the goods are damaged, faulty or not as listed, please contact us within 14 days of receipt to arrange return and refund or replacement. Once we have received the goods, we will issue a full refund or send a replacement. If you change your mind and the goods have not been in your possession for more than 14 days and the item(s) is in the same condition as sold, then you are entitled to return the goods to us and receive a full refund. Please note that the cost of returning the items safely is your responsibility and at your own cost. Do not attempt to return the item without first contacting us or sending a completed model cancellation form.

Terms and Conditions

SCOPE OF THESE TERMS These are the terms on which Harpersons ("we" or "us") may supply products to the customer who places an order with us for those products ("you"). Please read these terms carefully before you submit an order to us. These terms tell you who we are, how we will provide products to you, how you (and we) may change or end the contract between you and us, what to do in the event of a problem, and other important information about your and our rights. These terms apply to the contract of sale between you and us in relation to the products you order (the "Contract"). The Contract is between you and us. The operator of any website on which our product listing is featured (the "Operator") is not a party to the Contract and is not responsible for the delivery or quality of the products you order. You hereby waive any claim which you may have against the Operator in relation to the products sold by us or otherwise in connection with the subject matter of the Contract. However, the Operator may liaise with you and us in relation to any complaints or claims you may have in relation to the delivery or quality of the products sold by us, or any other customer service issue. If you have any complaints or concerns, you should report them to us as described in the How To Contact Us section below. Nothing in these terms will affect or limit anything agreed between you and the Operator. For example, you will have agreed with the Operator terms and conditions relating to the use by you of the Operator’s website, or the use by the Operator of personal information provided by you. These are binding between you and the Operator and separate from the Contract between you and us for the sale of the relevant products.