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Series 4 of the BBC Radio 4 legal drama, starring Clare Corbett.

London barrister Rebecca Nyman takes on five new courtroom cases in this gripping legal drama.

In 'Life Chances', Emily has a history of anorexia but is refusing treatment. The hospital has come to court to argue that unless they are allowed to treat her she could die. Should she be force fed? 

In 'Best Interests', a divorced Charedi Jewish mother has come to the Family Courts to stop her ex-husband changing their children's schools.

In 'More than Kissing', The Court of Protection must decide if an 18-year-old with learning difficulties should be allowed to have sex.

In 'Mediation', Maud and Martin's father has died and left his whole estate to a 22-year-old dog walker. Why would he do such a thing? Can they challenge the will?

In 'The Balance of Probabilities', a couple fight to get their baby daughter back following the death of their baby son. In the Family Courts a judge has to decide if it's safe to return the baby to her parents.

Written by award-winning dramatist Clara Glynn, these five compelling dramas provide an intriguing glimpse into the little-known world of civil litigation, with all its challenges, complexities and controversies.

Producer/director: David Ian Neville.

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A fascinating earwig on the closed doors

Beautifully acted by Claire Corbett and intelligently and thoughtfully written each of these cases are a legal minefield that will get the listener thinking. There is no prejudice, just the evidence and counter evidence. There are heated debates over wills, rows over a disabled man’s right to a sex life and a tricky case of parents with no trust for each other following a tragedy. Each of these stories speak to the listener and unveil what goes on behind those dark closed doors.