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Portrait of Lisa Flower. Photo: Emma Lord.

Lisa Flower

Associate Professor | Associate Senior Lecturer

Portrait of Lisa Flower. Photo: Emma Lord.

The loyal defence lawyer


  • Lisa Flower

Summary, in English

The work of defence lawyers entails managing emotions to ensure that they remain appropriate to the situation - whether that be a criminal trial or the law offices. This demands emotional dexterity and interactional skill, not least due to the particular role of defence lawyers who work closely with clients, view gruesome evidence and who often face moral suspicion. This chapter explores the various emotions at play in defence lawyers’ role accomplishment, with particular focus on how they perform the guiding principle for their legal position, namely loyalty. All of this is made more challenging for defence lawyers as they must ensure that their performances remain suitable to the invisible regime of law which attempts to sustain an illusionary dichotomy between rationality and professionalism on the one hand, and emotionality on the other. In this chapter the ways in which defence lawyers in Sweden manage their emotions to loyally represent their clients are therefore shown by presenting interview material from lawyers and ethnographic fieldnotes from criminal trials.


  • Sociology

Publishing year







Research Handbook on Law and Emotion

Document type

Book chapter


Edward Elgar Publishing


  • Law and Society




  • ISBN: 9781788119085
  • ISBN: 9781788119078