Brief Encounters

Some Uncommon Lawyers

"Lawyers enjoy sharing memories of bygone days and former colleagues. In Brief Encounters Glyn Strange has brought together the lives and careers of fourteen memorable personalities of the Canterbury - and New Zealand - legal scene.

His perceptive approach emphasises their strengths and narrates their weaknesses with sensitivity. Brief Encounters records the gems of recollection as well as much of the social and political history of our times."

The Honourable Justice Penlington

Excerpts from Brief Encounters:

"All my life I've been looking for an alcoholic nymphomaniac with masses of money, and when I find her I've got to call her as a witness!"

— Brian McClelland QC

"Bugger the law. Let's have a bit of justice."

— Sir Clinton Roper



Glyn Strange

1997, second printing 1998, third printing 2005

94 pages, 130x277 mm
ISBN: 0-9583706-1-3


$29.95 (free postage within New Zealand)

Available from Clerestory Press

What People Have Said

Careful, well researched, good humoured and pleasurably written

"The legal profession and those with local historical interest should welcome the appearance of the third printing of this collection of essays on the lives of 14 prominent Canterbury (mostly Christchurch) lawyers. I knew eight of them and can testify to the accuracy with which Glyn Strange has portrayed the characters and characteristics of his subjects.

These legal lives were lived in more spacious, polite and measured times when the profession was more homogeneous and far less given to the cant of political correctness which is so encouraged today...

The publishers and those who support them are to be congratulated on the revivification of this careful, well researched, good humoured and pleasurably written book, so attractively presented and tied with the red tape its subjects despised."

— His Honour Judge Stephen Erber

“Bugger the law. Let’s have a bit of justice.”

Brief Encounters is a great book that I saw in libraries – glad to be able to get my own copy. “Bugger the law. Let’s have a bit of justice” is a line for the ages.

—  Matthew Mortimer, solicitor