David Pickup examines the public’s fascination with ‘bad lawyers’

Why are we fascinated by bad lawyers? I mean morally bad – not incompetent. Is it we secretly admire their exciting lives, or wonder how they can get away with it? I started watching the latest series of the American drama Better call Saul on Netflix – the story of how a lawyer becomes the go-to advisor to drug dealers (linked to Breaking Bad on a chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer). That seemed a bit grimmer than Better call Saul – and a long way from Horace Rumpole, if you can remember that far back?

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Like many lawyers, the fictitious hero in Better call Saul has a certain charm and attraction. He is vulnerable &n...

David Pickup
Senior Partner, Head of Mental Health Law
Pickup & Scott

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