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I was lucky enough to photograph one of the great legal fictional characters posing in a Fleet Street window many years ago.


The main characters of Jack Temple Guilty

Jack Temple - senior clerk - Jack's roots were in the East End where he learnt to be streetwise and how to fight to keep his job and chambers together in difficult times.

Jason Middleton – Deputy Senior Clerk - Jack’s deputy Jason was ambitious but willing to learn from Jack, going on clandestine missions to get the upper hand.

Christian Bennett - 1st Junior Clerk - Known as Gordon [Bennett], at times a little naive, enjoyed the banter of an all male clerks’ room.

Dillon Hart – Junior Clerk - A bit of a lad with the ladies, often punching above his weight in that department. Lacking in maturity which he needed to learn from his seniors and betters.


Jenny James - Junior clerk - When Jack introduced the first female clerk Jenny into the testosterone atmosphere of the Barcourt Chambers clerks’ room, everything changed.

Members of Barcourt Chambers include:

Sarah Ryman - a bright young barrister with a secret past who is seemingly caught red handed taking drugs in chambers by Nathan Blake, a jealous contemporary of hers. He plots with colleagues in the tap room of their local pub, the Red Lion, to have her expelled from chambers.

The Head of chambers, Charles Wadsworth QC does not handle the situation well and alienates some of the chambers management committee, especially the well-respected James Campbell who sees Wadsworth as the weakest link.

Christine Denton, an attractive vivacious barrister who plays the game of hide and seek with her clerks on a daily basis.


Nicola Mortimer QC, an elegant personal injury barrister from competing chambers. Jack wants her to become the new head of chambers, much to the disgust of Tom Wallace, a senior member of chambers. He is old school and a senior member of the management committee. He makes it his mission to have Jack removed from chambers.

Elizabeth Richardson – Solicitor client of Barcourt Chambers. Jack has a long running affair with this female solicitor.

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