Canbury Press is to publish a gripping legal memoir by a QC who has fought some of the biggest murder trials in Britain.
Under the Wig: A Lawyer’s Stories, of Murder, Guilt and Innocence will recount William Clegg’s rich experiences in the top echelon of the English criminal law over the past 40 years.
Clegg is head of chambers at 2 Bedford Row — one of the top four criminal sets in London — and has fought more than 100 murder cases, more than anyone else currently practising at the English Bar.
His book will deal with the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common, the execution of Jill Dando, the trial of paratrooper Lee Clegg, Britain’s first prosecution for Nazi war crimes, and the murder of Joanne Yeates.
Clegg, 67, has spent three years writing his book, which will be published in hardback on 4th October 2018.
Martin Hickman, managing director of non-fiction specialist Canbury Press, said: “Bill Clegg is one of the leading criminal lawyers of his generation. His turbo-charged narrative will intrigue and thrill anyone interested in the criminal law. The Secret Barrister and In Your Defence have opened up a substantial market for legal memoir and Bill’s book puts the reader right alongside him in this country’s biggest trials.”
Cases featured include:
- Colin Stagg’s trial for The Wimbledon Common Murder
- The Chillenden Murders (Dr Lin and Megan Russell)
- The Murder of Jill Dando
- Rebekah Brooks’s Phone Hacking Trial
- Britain’s first Nazi war crimes prosecution
- Trial of Private Lee Clegg in Northern Ireland
- The trial of Vincent Tabak for Joanna Yeates’s murder
Barrister and BBC presenter Joshua Rozenberg QC said: ‘Bill Clegg's memoir draws on some of the most high-profile criminal prosecutions of recent years to illuminate the career of a defence lawyer at the peak of his success. It’s an unforgettable legal memoir.’