How do you chat to someone accused of a savage murder? Or prepare a court case? Or sway a jury?
Step into the shoes of criminal barrister William Clegg as he meets clients in prison, works out weaknesses in the other side case, and confronts witnesses at tense trials.
In a revealing memoir, he revisits 14 of his most intriguing briefs, from the murder charge facing Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the first prosecution under the Nazi war crimes act, and the burglar jailed for life by an earprint.
All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the moments before a verdict comes back and how system of justice risks jailing you wrongly. Under the Wig is for anyone who wants to know the reality of fighting a murder trial. Switch off the TV drama and plunge into the criminal law in action.