The Savage Poodle – tales from legal practice

Richard Barr was, for over 25 years, a columnist at the Solicitors Journal, writing on the ups and downs of legal practice. His columns in Solicitors Journal were widely read and loved and The Savage Poodle contains a selection of the best of them dating back to 1994.

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  • Publication date: October, 2017
  • Pages: 125
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-304-1


Richard Barr's columns in Solicitors Journal were light-hearted and entertaining accounts of life as a solicitor in (mostly) regional practice but they are also informative, providing insight into the way in which the profession has changed over the past quarter-century.

The book is being published now, following the closure of SJ as an opportunity to look back over one of the magazine’s most popular features. 

It would make an excellent gift for solicitors or anyone with an interest in the law. 

You can read reviews in the Law Society Gazette, the Times, Gordan Exall’s Civil Litigation Brief and the ICLR.


Over 40 of Richard’s best-loved columns including “The Lord Chancellor on water skis”, “The cat that came back from the dead”, “Normal for Norfolk”, “Fired!” and “Down Under but not out”

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Richard Barr
Richard Barr is a clinical negligence lawyer with more than 45 years’ experience in practice. Previously a partner at Dawbarn Barr & Knowles, Hodge Jones & Allen and Alexander Harris, he is now a consultant at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates. He has been involved in a number of high profile cases including claims arising from the Gulf War, MMR vaccinations and the agricultural use of organophosphates. For more than 25 years, Richard Barr wrote a monthly column for Solicitors Journal on the ups and downs of everyday legal practice. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to legal periodicals and the national press. Since 1984, he has been broadcasting regularly on legal matters on BBC Radio Norfolk. He is on the Council of the Law Society for England and Wales.

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