Past Event
Books & Debates

Edward Marshall Hall: A Law Unto Himself

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Edward Marshall Hall, the subject of Sally Smith's first biography, was one of the most famous criminal lawyers of all time. Born in Brighton in 1858, the charismatic power of his oratory saved more people from the death penalty than any other known barrister.

Sally Smith is a barrister and QC. After ten years of criminal work, she specialised in medical law and has appeared in many high-profile medical cases. She will be discussing Marshall Hall: A Law Unto Himself (foreword by Clive Anderson).

Novelist and critic Peter Guttridge will chair this event.

Peter Guttridge is a former Director of the Brighton Literature Festival and the current co-director of Books By The Beach, the Scarborough Book Festival. For eleven years he was the Observer newspaper's crime fiction critic. He is the author of eleven novels, two works of non-fiction and numerous short stories.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Geoffrey Robertson QC will no longer be able to join the discussion.