Supporting Law Students around the world

Welcome to The Black Letter
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While studying for my law degree, the most prolific complaint heard from fellow undergraduates was of the need to laboriously pore over numerous lengthy judgments as part of their legal studies. It seemed instead that what law students really wanted was a simple yet comprehensive outlay of what each particular case was discussing.

Remaining mindful of that need, the objective of The Black Letter is to provide clear and concise legal knowledge to readers without the arduous task of deciphering the minds of the judges. By distilling the framework of those cases into clearly defined bodies of text, the joy of this website is that while in the immediate sense my efforts are helpful to those who find their way here; there is a real possibility that one day it could become a touchstone for students, writers, solicitors, industry publications and academics everywhere.

Primarily functioning as an essential reference point for significant historic and recent case discussion there are also occasional insight articles to help clarify certain areas of law that can often feel confusing without  relevant case discussion to support their use.

It is also important to note that it is my express intention to continue evolving the breadth and depth of the available source material here because this is after all, a labour of genuine passion for law and nothing less.

I genuinely hope that you enjoy visiting and reading about the matters shown, while also gaining greater understanding of law and legal principles from the supporting articles; and in order to help others find me please be kind enough to bookmark and share The Black Letter while remembering to selfishly read and research to your hearts content.

UPDATE 19 May 2017

Due to the unexpected success of this website in terms of coverage (visitors from 104 countries in less than six months) I am presently focussing my energies on writing and publishing my debut ‘The Case Law Compendium’ for international publication and distribution.

I aim to include at least 150 full case studies across 9 legal disciplines, each with a number of fully OSCOLA referenced key citations that can be used to improve essay writing and research. This makes ‘The Case Law Compendium’ simply invaluable for all law undergraduates, postgraduates and even practising solicitors!

As a quick note please keep visiting the website and when the book is completed and ready for purchase I will immediately post the relevant information right here on the homepage; while finally I would like to say a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to all of those who have regularly made the journey here, as without your continued presence I would have not have been courageous enough to write this debut publication.


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