Excitement mounts to fever pitch! In response to popular demand, there is now talk of reprinting my first humorous book on the law, fetchingly entitled May it Please Your Lordship. For those of you who missed the original print, my book recounts the trials and tribulations of Toby Potts, a young and aspiring barrister fresh from Bar School, clutching his graduation diploma and intent on becoming the leading criminal advocate of his time. He can hardly wait to get on his feet and impress the jury with his incisive cross-examination, his mastery of all things legal, and his spellbinding final speeches.
Sadly, reality kicks in, and Toby finds the path to fame and fortune far from smooth and uneventful. His trials and tribulations take him from his Call to the Bar, his experiences in pupillage, his first brief when he represents the wrong client, through to his great tour de force at the Old Bailey when he goes head to head with the Honourable Mr. Justice Boniface, known to one and all in the profession as Old Sourpuss, and many adventures in between.
Chambers politics, strange clients, solicitors who come and go on a whim, and even stranger and eccentric judges, all have their part to play in Toby’s climb up the greasy pole. Moments of courtroom drama, and many more moments of high fiasco, mark Toby’s initiation into the heady world of the Criminal Bar. So much to learn, so little time. Will Toby succeed where so many have failed? He has the determination, he has the self-belief, but does he have what it takes to reach the pinnacle of the profession? Only time will tell. One thing is certain – never a dull moment! Why be ordinary, Toby was once told, if you have it in you to be extraordinary?
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Don’t forget, dear readers, that my book is copy-written, so read and enjoy the excerpts but you can’t reproduce them. But don’t despair. With thousands giving positive feedback, May it Please Your Lordship will be back on the bookshelves before you can say actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea.
Watch out tomorrow for Chapter One: Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Osborne is a successful English barrister, author, public performer and public speaker.
Some years ago, he hit the headlines nationwide and made legal history when he delivered his final speech to the jury entirely in verse. For this tour de force he was dubbed the Barrister Bard by the popular press.
He followed this with the publication of a short humorous book on advocacy entitled No Holds Barred written under the pseudonym of Ivor Bigg-Wigg QC.
He has appeared on radio and television as a legal commentator, and has written a number of articles for the national and regional press as well as various journals.
In the recent past, David has also written and presented two legal revues.
He is regularly in demand as a Public and After Dinner Speaker, and has written a short book entitled The Art of Public Speaking
He is married with four children and lives in Somerset.