I Fought The Law: Bombed Out!, Rex Makin and Merseyside Police in the 1980s.
Above Photo: A Punk being arrested in London in 1977.
He mightn’t look like it, but Rex Makin is the Liverpool legal establishment’s equivalent of Jane Fonda, in that if you mention his name to former (or serving) police officers, they display a violent reaction and foam at the mouth, in much the same way as Vietnam War Vets choke on their breakfast at any mention of Jane Fonda.
But to my mind, his law firm were the best criminal lawyers in Liverpool in the 1980s – they probably still are, and I’d be immediately on the phone to them if I ever needed criminal law help in the UK. I’d say that’s unlikely, but I said that the last time too, and look what happened.
Readers of my 1970s-1980s Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! will know that I used Makin’s law firm when I had some of my own legal problems back then – namely being wrongfully arrested and fitted up for a pathetically trivial offence by Merseyside Police.
I’d seen Rex in court when I’d worked in Liverpool City magistrates’ Court after my punk and new wave band career was over, and I’d admired the way he and his senior lawyers performed to devastating effect, especially by frightening lazy, perjuring, complacently criminal Merseyside police officers in the witness box.
So I didn’t give it a second thought when I needed a law firm to help me in my own case. I was straight on the phone to them, getting a great Makins lawyer to represent us, who’s name regrettably escapes me in the absence of all my papers, as he deserves a mention.
Funnily enough, although I didn’t know it at the time, Makin had already established himself as a “go-to” Liverpool ‘band’ lawyer, when he’d acted for Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles in the 1960s.
I won’t ruin the book by explaining how important this stupid court case was in the context of events described in Bombed Out! but those who have read the book will know what I’m talking about.
And also why I’m a big fan of Makin and Co.