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Did Shakespeare 'kill all the lawyers'?

One of William Shakespeare's most notable lines is "let's kill all the lawyers" from the play Henry VI, Part II.

But now, one retired US lawyer is trying to change people's interpretation of the famous line.

David Epstein says: "One interpretation is that's it's actually a compliment for lawyers... that's the one I'm stressing."

However, former criminal barrister Clive Anderson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he had accepted "people don't like lawyers... until they need one themselves."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 21 August.

  • 21 Aug 2014