HHJ Charles Harris QC reflects upon legal writing, and lawyers as authors

The urge to write is widespread – less so the talent for it. A small industry is devoted to production of books at significant cost to the author, but with no prospect of significant sales. Few of these aspirants will be solicitors. Most reasonably regard themselves as articulate, though too busy to compose. But, of course, they can always write about the law.

Potential pages?

Here the choice is vast, from substantial practitioner works, via smaller volumes on niche subjects, to little books intended to be helpful or amusing. There is polemic, like The Secret Barrister. Then there are journals, of which the Solicitors Journal is the oldest. The Times legal section is, I have found, happy to take short p...

Charles Harris QC
QC and Retired Circuit Judge

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