Book launch: 'The Bodyguards of Lies' by Christopher Whelan

 Thursday 26th Jan 2023  

 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

 Tsuzuki Theatre, Ruth Deech Building, St Anne's College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

CPD: 1

Price: FREE

BoL cover

Join the author of 'The Bodyguards of Lies', Dr Christopher Whelan, for the launch of this new book. Christopher will give a brief presentation followed by a short Q&A with colleague Andrew McPhail. A reception will follow.

A review of the book in The Times concluded that 'Whelan has written a book that anyone interested in the law should queue to buy.' One of you will have a chance to jump the queue and win a free copy by submitting your business card in to a prize draw. Discounted copies will also be available to buy.

The reviewer said 'Whelan peppers the pages with thoroughly entertaining examples' to reveal the many and varied strategies American and English lawyers use to protect truth. The book shows how they tackle their conflicting duties, and highlights the 'tragic choices' lawyers everywhere routinely make through their 'power of decision'. What emerges are new ways of understanding the critical role lawyers play in society - and their professional responsibilities.

'Truth is so precious it should always be protected by a bodyguard of lies.' Churchill said this about wartime deception plans, but lawyers' clients may think their truth - especially an 'inconvenient truth' - is so precious it too should be protected.

Lawyers are 'bodyguards of lies' when they use so-called 'tricks of the trade' not only to keep clients' secrets but to construct a reality that is far from real. But should they? Lawyers have a divided loyalty. The book presents a unique and fascinating account of what happens when lawyers' duties to clients conflict with their duties to the legal system, and looks in detail at the ethical codes and laws that regulate their conduct.

The book can be purchased here. Use discount code GLR AP3UK at the checkout for 20% off.

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Venue Information

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