15 July 2018
The first book interview by Richard Lea. Barrister Sarah Langford: 'You learn to drawbridge your emotions'. Used to ‘polishing’ stories for juries, the lawyer is putting herself in jeopardy by writing about her experience of being pitched into lives in extremis.
The University of Law Magazine
July 12, 2025
Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister in criminal and family law since 2006. She studied the GDL at The University of Law Guildford campus and was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court.
After practising law for nearly a decade Sarah took parental leave to start a family and also used her time-off to write about her experiences as a barrister. In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law has been published to rave reviews from the likes of Helena Kennedy QC and the Secret Barrister, it has also been optioned for TV by the British production company Working Title. We caught up with Sarah to talk about her time at ULaw and the inspiration behind her new book.
Best books, top tracks, fabulous films, artistic influences and an essential: Counsel invites barristers to share the cultural influences in their lives. In this issue, we talk to Sarah Langford, author of In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law