Uncommon Law: Being 66 Misleading Cases

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Absurdities of English law are illustrated in 66 satirical essays that are thought-provoking and amusing. Some of the cases presented, no matter how ridiculous, are still studied today. There is the famous case of Albert Haddock, who wrote out a check to the Collector of Taxes on a cow. Then there is the case of Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, who, although happily married, got divorced in order to pay less income tax. This book will teach more about legal proceedings than most lawyers ...
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Absurdities of English law are illustrated in 66 satirical essays that are thought-provoking and amusing. Some of the cases presented, no matter how ridiculous, are still studied today. There is the famous case of Albert Haddock, who wrote out a check to the Collector of Taxes on a cow. Then there is the case of Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, who, although happily married, got divorced in order to pay less income tax. This book will teach more about legal proceedings than most lawyers know, provided the reader can stop laughing long enough to learn.

Author Biography: A. P. Herbert was a regular contributor to Punch and wrote eight novels, including The Water Gypsies and Holy Deadlock. He became Member of Parliament for Oxford University in 1935 and remained there until University seats were abolished. He was knighted in 1945. He died in 1971.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781558820395
  • Publisher: International Polygonics, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    the law at its wittiest

    When the practice or reading the law becomes oppresive and stale, open this book and be reenergized. This collection is the world of law at its most satirically humorous and will bring a chuckle (if not a belly laugh) on each page. We can all be thankful to have been blessed with Mr. Herbert's analysis of the absurdities in our jurisprudence. Reason and logic - the foundations of that jusriprudence - are turned on their ears, and we laugh at the queer picture of such a calamity. A must book for legislators, judges, lawyers and all the rest of us!

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