Deed's daughter Charlie (Louisa Clein) is arrested during a demonstration; he is pressured to acquit a violent MI5 informer who may be able to infiltrate the Real IRA; and he is urged to drop a manslaughter case because of the defendant's political affiliations.
Deed is offered a promotion in return for hushing up a diplomatic incident; he tries a man with an emotional age of 13 for murder; and rekindles an affair with the scheming Francesca Rochester (Jemma Redgrave).
Jo is forced to cut her ties with Deed after she is brought up before a disciplinary committee on bogus charges; Deed believes a defendant was given a lenient sentence because of his political ties; and Jo prosecutes an MP charged with attempted murder.
Jo defends a drug addict who went on the run 16 years previously; friends and family of three gang members accused of murdering a rival drug dealer terrorise jurors and witnesses; and Deed risks his career by sleeping with a claimant.
Deed argues for a harsh sentence in a drink-driving case; an animal rights activist stands trial for the murder of a scientist; and Deed must decide the fate of a sick baby when doctors refuse to give further treatment.
Deed hears the case of a British soldier accused of war crimes in Iraq; and causes problems for the government when he examines why funding for legal aid was withdrawn in the case of a soldier who committed suicide.