'Essential reading for new lawyers, those with a professional interest in the law, or simply the curious...the sort of book that will appeal to lawyer and non-lawyer alike, from journalist to legislator, student to enquiring member of the public. It expertly guides you through the ever-changing minefield of our legal system' John Cooper, The Times Understanding the Law is a lively and accessible introduction to the law. Geoffrey Rivlin uses all his experience as a judge to provide a wealth of fascinating detail about the legal system and the many people who participate in it, including judges, lawyers, and police officers. An updated selection of real-life cases help bring the book to life, and there are questions to accompany each chapter to encourage the reader to engage with the material. This book is ideal for anyone considering a career in the law, preparing for university, or embarking on a law course at school or college.