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Do Right and Fear No One by Leslie Thomas QC

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Points that Resonated with Me:

Courtroom Tips

When attending court and being represented by a lawyer, Leslie Thomas QC offers invaluable advice to ensure you present yourself effectively:

  1. Listen to the Question Asked: Pay close attention to the exact question being posed.
  2. Answer Solely That Question: Avoid going off on tangents or providing unnecessary information.
  3. Keep Your Answer Short: Be concise and to the point.
  4. Admit When You Don’t Know: If you don’t know the answer or can’t remember, state it honestly.
  5. Be Patient and Respectful: Avoid arguing or using sarcasm; maintain a calm and respectful demeanor at all times.

Understanding Legal Standards

  • Criminal Cases: The burden of proof is “beyond reasonable doubt.”
  • Civil Cases: The standard is “on the balance of likelihoods,” meaning something is more likely than not to have occurred.
  • Tenacity: Persistence is crucial in seeking justice. It often takes determination and resilience to navigate legal challenges.

Handling Bad Press and Gossip

  • Resilience in the Face of Gossip: When faced with bad press or gossip, it’s important to recognize that those who turn away aren’t true friends. True resilience is shown by enduring through tough times.
  • Gaining Respect and Work: Demonstrating the ability to withstand adversity can enhance your reputation and potentially lead to more opportunities, as people respect resilience.
  • Mindset: Much of the pain and distress experienced in difficult times is often generated in your own mind. Recognizing this can help mitigate its impact.

These points from “Do Right and Fear No One” by Leslie Thomas QC highlight the importance of maintaining composure, clarity, and resilience both in the courtroom and in the face of public scrutiny.


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