The subtitle of this compellingly readable biography of Thomas Eyre Forrest Hughes AO QC borrows the underlying philosophical metaphor of the independent Bar. A barrister is available for hire by those who will pay the fee, irrespective of personal, political, social, or other co-incidence with the client, or approval or disapproval of his or her cause. As Dr Johnson explained to Boswell:
Peter Heerey reviews 'Tom Hughes QC: A cab on the rank' by Ian Hancock
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Peter Heerey AM QC was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1990 to 2009. He has published papers in Australian and overseas professional and academic journals in the areas of corporations law, defamation, expert evidence, intellectual property, law and literature, and Federation history.
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