Podcasts are one of the most rapidly growing media forms of the 21st century. In 2020, it is estimated that around 15.6 million listeners tuned in, with over £33million being spent on podcast advertising, as businesses sought to capitalise on this boom.
For those with very little spare time on their hands – such as those in the legal profession - podcasts are an excellent way to digest information whilst going about everyday life. You can listen to a podcast whilst out for a walk or run, whilst commuting or cooking, taking in new and fascinating information in the process.
There is a plethora of excellent legal podcasts available in the UK, so it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve compiled a list of our top 6 legal podcasts to get you started.
UK Law Weekly
With episodes at just 10 minutes long, this legal podcast is served in perfect bite-sized chunks, allowing you to focus in and digest recent legal decisions and news. Hosted by Marcus Cleaver, a former university lecturer in law, the podcast concentrates on a different case each week, ranging from housing and immigration, to international commercial patent controversies. If you’re curious about the particularities of cases, this legal podcast is for you.
More from Law with Harry Clark
If you’re looking to ‘broaden your legal horizon’, this podcast will help you do that. Host Harry speaks with a variety of interviewees (partners, trainees, recruiters, entrepreneurs – you name them, Harry will have spoken to them) providing commentary, discussion and deep-dive analysis on the latest developments in the legal industry. This podcast not only touches on an assortment of legal ideas, but also looks at the other side of the profession – leadership, communication, public speaking, wellbeing, and more. With episodes sitting at around 30 minutes each, it’s perfect for a lunchtime walk, or whilst you’re making your dinner.
Law Pod UK
Brought to you by barristers at One Crown Office Row, Law Pod UK covers aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom. Primarily hosted by Rosalind English and Emma-Louise Fenlon, the podcast welcomes specialist guests to provide detailed and interesting discussion points on the most current legal news. The podcast’s sessions throughout 2020 provide a particularly detailed analysis on how the pandemic affected different areas of law, such as the privacy issues surrounding tracking, rights in a time of quarantine and climate change. The regular weekly updates are a short and sure-fire way of enhancing your understanding and knowledge of legal affairs.
BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action
Radio 4’s long-running legal magazine programme, hosted by QC Joshua Rozenberg, is a fascinating report on a range of matters relating to law. Delving through the archives back to 2016, you will find podcasts on topics such as acid attacks, online abuse, what it’s really like to be in prison, Brexit and more. Whilst the topics alone are riveting, it is also interesting to see not only how the law has changed in the past few years, but what was considered news-worthy in the law throughout this time.
Legal Current is a specialist podcast brought to us by Thomson Reuters, featuring information and commentary on the business and practice of law. This legal podcast addresses a variety of topics, interestingly looking from a business perspective. Episodes available include high profile celebrity cases (So You Thnk You Can Carlton Dance?), historic interest (The Real Black Klansman – a conversation with Ron Stallworth), and white paper cases. This podcast also looks at international legal cases – a great way to compare and contrast the global legal sphere.
Talking Law with Sally Penni
Talking Law is an excellent listen. Multi-award-winning barrister Sally Penni, founder and chair of Women in the Law UK, profiles leading figures in UK law, discussing the highs and lows of their careers, as well as the realities of the legal profession. The guests include Chris Daw QC, Mary Prior QC and Lady Hale as well as a few celebrity surprises, with the likes of Robert Rinder (of Judge Rinder fame) and The Secret barrister (voiced by an actor) making appearances. It’s a brilliant legal podcast for an in depth look at what it takes to be at the top of your game.
Of course, this is just the beginning. With a quick internet search, you’ll be able to find podcasts particular to your practice area, or perhaps this has inspired you to start your own! Happy listening.
All podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts.