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An Uncommon Lawyer Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)

An Uncommon Lawyer By Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)

An Uncommon Lawyer by Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)

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An Uncommon Lawyer by Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)

In this unique book Lord Woolf recounts his remarkable career and provides a personal and honest perspective on the most important developments in the common law over the last half century. The book opens with a comprehensive description of his family background, which was very influential on his later life, starting with the arrival of his grandparents as Jewish immigrants to England in 1870. His recollections of his early years and family, education and life as a student lead into his early career as a barrister and as a Treasury Devil, moving on to his judicial career and the many roles taken therein. The numerous standout moments examined include his work on access to the judiciary, prison reform, and suggested reforms to the European Court of Human Rights. Fascinating insights into the defining cases of his career, T AG v Jonathan Cape, Gouriet v Union of Post Office Workers, Tameside, Hazel v Hammersmith, M v Home Office, remind the reader of how impactful his influence has been. He considers the setting of the mandatory component of the life sentences of Thompson and Venables and the Diane Blood case. Alongside the case law, and the Woolf Reforms, the Constitutional Law Reform Act 2005 is also explored. Considering the ebb and flow of changes over his remarkable judicial life, Lord Woolf identifies those he welcomes, but also expresses regret on what has been lost. A book to remind lawyers, be they students, practitioners or scholars, of the power and importance of law. All author profits from the book will be donated to the Woolf Institute.

An Uncommon Lawyer Reviews

An Uncommon Lawyer traces the author's unbroken ascent up the ladders of bar and bench - helpfully, for the lay reader, with explanations of what his various roles involved. It also describes the development of his aim to make the law more accessible and more humane ... He has indeed been an uncommon lawyer, as well as an honourable and much honoured man. -- Michael Beloff * The Times Literary Supplement *

About Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)

Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH is a member of the House of Lords. He was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in 1979, as Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986 and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1992. Between 1996 and 2000 he held the position of Master of the Rolls and in 2000 was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, a position from which he retired in September 2005.

Table of Contents

1. The Start 2. Happy Days 3. Becoming a Member of the Bar 4. A Barrister Taking the Crown's Shilling as the Revenue and Treasury Junior 5. Crossing the Strand/A Change of Robes 6. A Change of Robes and Strangeways 7. Life as a Law Lord 8. Access to Justice 9. My Responsibilities as Master of the Rolls 10. Lord Chief Justice 11. Return to Civilian Life and Further Commissions 12. Interfaith Relations - The Woolf Institute 13. Back to Judging 14. For Family and Justice

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An Uncommon Lawyer by Rt Hon Lord Woolf, CH (House of Lords, UK)
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