The Anonymous Widower

William Garrow

My late wife was a barrister.

I’m watching the BBC drama about William Garrow, who is credited with laying down the principles of defending the accused in Court.

It is fascinating.

I never saw her in Court except for one fleeting moment in front of Judge Greenwood in Chelmsford, but Garrow’s principles are those that she fought with for all her professional career.

These principles are those that we are in danger of losing, as Prudence and his awful government, make it more and more difficult for a defendant to obtain a trial that my wife would have considered fair.

November 1, 2009 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. you must be SO proud of her x

    Comment by Boo Mayhew | November 1, 2009 | Reply

  2. I am, Boo! I am.

    The sad thing now, is that she was exclusively a family barrister for the last twenty years of her career and that work pays so little due to budget cuts in Legal Aid. Consequently, the standard of family law is dropping badly as decent lawyers shun the area. So those in serious need of help in Court are not getting it. This will lead to more screwed-up kids, who will have even more serious problems in a few years.

    Prudence is being so short-sighted.

    Comment by AnonW | November 2, 2009 | Reply

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