His advice to anyone facing a lengthy, complex fraud trial? 'They are not in the book, but there should be long sections on medical defences and defending yourself,' he says, obviously having in mind the trials of Roger Seelig and Jack Lyons and the reduction in the sentence to Ernest Saunders. But, he adds, 'If everybody started defending themselves, we'd be out of a job.'
His book costs pounds 90, which, he says, 'is what law books cost these days'. Unless the librarian at Wandsworth has a huge budget, borrowers might have to call on all their old skills to get hold of a copy.