Today I can announce that, after some 52 years in the law (counting my time as a student) I shall be retiring from the law on 27 November 2015. I shall NOT, of course, be retiring from anything else! Indeed, I am looking forward to having more time to write.
I have been privileged to have had a most interesting career, which has involved me in practice and teaching both in the UK and the United States; in almost a decade as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague; and for the last eight years as a judge of the Crown Court. I leave all this behind with some sadness, but with great gratitude for having such varied experiences. My wife Chris, whom I met during my work in the US, has been my supporter, being willing to undertake adventures such as living in new countries, in a way I suspect few women would, and I owe her a debt I can never repay.
Now, to the future. I am about to deliver the next Ben Schroeder novel to No Exit Press. It is entitled The Heirs of Owen Glyndwr, and involves Ben in defending Arianwen Hughes, a woman accused of a terrorist act in connection with the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in Caernarfon Castle on 1July 1969. The key to her defence may be her husband Trevor. But he seems to have vanished from the face of the earth. The evidence against Arianwen is compelling, and Ben will have the fight of his life to save her. It is to be published next year, and I hope you will all give it a try.
With my new extra time, I am planning to expand my writing, and I hope to announce details of this in the New Year!