At once an unforgettable account of an idealistic and outspoken lawyer’s coming of age and a powerful portrait of the lives of those he has fought for, Do Right and Fear No One is inspiring, revelatory and provocative in equal measure. It also presents a blistering argument for a level playing field in the pursuit of justice.
In the UK Black people are four times more likely to be in prison than white people. Black people under the age of eighteen are nine times more likely to be locked up in young offender institutions, secure training centres or secure children’s homes in England and Wales than white people of the same age group. The disproportionality in the use of force against Black people, and the deaths of Black men in custody, are the biggest challenges to the criminal justice system in this country since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
These are uncomfortable truths that not everyone is willing to hear.
Leslie Thomas QC has dedicated his career to fighting for the underdog and holding the State to account. Inspired from a young age to help the marginalised and voiceless, he has been determined to make their case heard. As one of the top human rights barristers in the UK and a renowned expert in inquest law and public inquiries, Leslie has represented many families of those who have been killed in police custody, as the result of police action, or where there has been abuse of State or corporate power.
His intimate and personal account of some of the most significant, controversial and disturbing legal cases of the last fifty years takes the reader behind the scenes of his profession and lays bare the very heart of the law enforcement and judicial process.
Professor Leslie Thomas QC is an award-winning human rights/civil liberties barrister and former Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers in the UK and head of JC Legal Solutions in the Caribbean. In 2020 Leslie became Professor of Law at Gresham College and visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths Law School University of London. He is a Bencher and advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple. Leslie is a member of the Bar Standards Board for England and Wales, sits on the BSB’s Race Equality Taskforce and is deputy chair of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee for the Inner Temple.
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