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The recent domestic violence storyline in the Archers which culminated in the stabbing of Rob Titchener by his wife Helen, generated extensive media comment about a whole range of topics connected to the plot, including the workings of the law. Guest blogger, David Allen Green of counsel and head of the litigation and media practices at Preiskel & Co, provides his take on the representation of law in the arts in general.
With the goings on in Ambridge shining a light on the law in the arts, how well do the arts do when portraying lawyers and the law? To what extent are liberties taken in pursuit of art?
Lawyers are often either the goodies or the baddies when portrayed in literature. On one hand you have Atticus Finch, Horace Rumpole, and so on. On the other hand you have Tulkinghorn and Jarndyce v Jarndyce. As for the law, it is no doubt the case that law fares as well, and as badly, as comparable activities—say police procedurals or hospital matters—in dramas and comedies. That is the nature of entertainment.
But there is something about the law which lends itself to drama especially. The trial process is a great
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