New Street Law

On S02E01 of New Street Law: Jack is surprised when Jimmy McGregor, an infamous gangster with a violent past, asks Jack to defend him in his trial for possessing heroin. Jack knows McGregor from his prosecution days when he failed to get him convicted of murder, even though he was sure of his guilt.

McGregor’s loyal and devoted wife is the key defence witness in the case but Jack uncovers evidence that proves she and her lover have conspired to frame her husband. When Jack wins the case he fears for McGregor’s wife’s safety, and isn’t surprised when he hears a body has been found.

Meanwhile, Annie and Laura go head to head in a civil case. Laura defends a man who claims that an angel told him to give £40,000 to charity.

Annie represents his wife who is convinced that her husband was persuaded to part with his money because he was having an affair with the charity worker. Throughout the case, Annie struggles to disguise her continued disdain for Laura.

After spending the night with Jack, Laura hopes that the chambers dinner will be a good opportunity to get to know him better, but Jack reverts to type and backs off completely.

On S02E01 of New Street Law a defiant Jack is granted bail following his arrest for perverting the course of justice and despite his technical guilt, vows to argue his moral innocence – his actions stopped an innocent woman going to prison.

The team convince Jack to let Frank Halcroft represent him and Frank hatches a plan to keep Jack out of prison. Working his charms on Honor, Frank convinces her to use her contacts to help Jack’s case. But when Laura is attacked by a man with a grudge against lawyers, Jack is devastated and feels responsible for involving her in his cause.

A humbled but heroic Jack gives an honest and moving speech in court and wins a suspended sentence. Flushed with victory, Jack and Laura fall into each others arms.

Charlie and Joe represent a feisty female football agent accused of theft, but after one too many put-downs Joe conspires with the opposition to ensure justice is finally done. Meanwhile Annie decides to save her marriage and Charlie is devastated when she ends their affair.

When Al’s partner Steve is sacked, Al asks Charlie to advise him on whether he has a case for unfair dismissal. Steve is angry when Charlie tells him not to expect a big payout and ends up accusing Al of interfering.

John Hannah, John Thomson and Lisa Faulkner return for a second series to head up an ensemble cast in the legal drama New Street Law.

Susie Amy and Francis Magee join the cast, plus Jennifer Ellison, Ray Emmet Brown and John Henshaw are to appear as guest stars.

Set amongst Manchester’s legal community, New Street Law follows the exploits and cases of two rival barristers’ chambers with very different attitudes to justice.

Head of the defence chambers, Jack Roper (John Hannah), has thrown his working life into turmoil after his single-minded pursuit of the truth and justice has left him facing a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Jack’s single mindedness jeopardises his own career as well as everyone else’s at his chambers.

Tensions run high between Jack’s chambers and those of the prosecution, headed by his one-time mentor, Laurence (Paul Freeman), as Laurence is quick to condemn Jack’s actions, much to the annoyance of Laurence’s daughter and former colleague, Laura (Lisa Faulkner).

Laura, alongside Jack’s old friend and head clerk Al (Chris Gascoyne), must convince Jack that he has to put his and his colleagues’ jobs before his principles.

The new series brings fresh legal battles including:

  • a washed up football manager (John Henshaw) accusing a glamourous agent (Jennifer Ellison) of theft;
  • two schoolgirls in the dock for murdering a school friend;
  • a family in turmoil when the daughter accuses her father of abuse;
  • a couple on the brink of divorce because the husband donated £40,000 to charity on the advice of an angel;
  • a headteacher who wants to ban Sports Day as there is too much competition in schools already;
  • and a nightclub owner accused of dealing heroin with a street value of millions.

Relations in chambers become ever more complex when Laura and Jack spend the night together, but Jack is scared to pursue a relationship because of a huge secret from his past. Laura is hurt by Jack’s rejection but is determined not to let it affect her personally or professionally.

Annie (Lara Cazalet) and Charlie (John Thomson) find it increasingly difficult to keep away from each other, even though they’re both married.

Annie’s guilt threatens her already rocky marriage so she tries to push an ever more lovelorn Charlie away, back to his wife Tessa (Susie Amy), even though she knows that he is the only man she really wants.

Ambitious Joe (Lee Williams) flirts with Laura and contemplates a move upstairs into prosecution to punish Jack for not valuing him enough.

Meanwhile Laura’s parents, Honor (Penny Downie) and Laurence seem distant with each other, a fact not helped by Honor sneaking off for secret trysts with old flame Frank (Francis Magee).

The new six-part series of New Street Law is written and co-produced by Matthew Hall (Blue Murder), who co-created New Street Law with GF Newman. Other writers for this series include James McIntyre (Taggart) and Chris Bucknall (Linda Green).

No word yet on when this will screen in New Zealand.

I enjoyed the first couple of eps of this show but after last night’s eps I’m not sure how much I’ll continue to like it. I found Jack Roper’s bloodymindedness a bit irritating an maybe not totally believable. I mean he was not really taking into account the best interests of his client and was just trying to show how clever he is.

The repartee between the characters was quite fun, and I like the way they all start the day having breakfast together in their pretty modest law office.

I like a range of US, UK, NZ and sometimes Aus TV shows. But the list on this website under the “Shows” section favours US TV shows more than anything and maybe NZ after that. Why aren’t more UK shows listed. I am enjoying New Sreet Law. Some good characters, ethical dilemmas, repartee etc. Kind of like The Practice but less romanticised and more down to earth characters. Bodies was great – very gritty and critical of the UK health service.

Why aren’t more UK shows listed on this site?