A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation

Paperback | May 13, 2015

EditorSusan Blake

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This book analyses the key skills that a lawyer needs to handle a case effectively, a topic that is not covered coherently in any other book. At a time of rapid and wide-ranging change in the delivery of legal services, the current edition involves a complete reworking of the last edition ofthe book to take into account the implications of the implementation of the Jackson Review, and to see effective litigation clearly in the context of concerns about funding, case management by the court, costs, and the growing use of alternative dispute resolution. The book has a strong focus on the needs of the legal practitioner, the decisions to be taken at each stage of a case, and the criteria to apply in making those decisions. This is all securely based in references to relevant Civil Procedure Rules and decided cases, with checklists and commentary toassist in the project management of a case. The book also focuses on the skills a lawyer needs to work effectively. This includes skills in dealing with a client, drafting legal documents, and presenting a case in court. Throughout the work the emphasis is on demonstrating how to use law effectively, how to develop a case, and how to presentpersuasive arguments. Lawyers operate in an increasingly complex environment, faced with challenges in funding a case, in managing a case to avoid sanctions, and in using complex rules to best effect. The author addresses the use of legal knowledge and skills within this rapidly changing context, bearing in mind notleast that the pace of change is likely to continue with the developing use of IT, and the widening use of alternative business structures. In putting together skills and law in a fully up-to-date context, A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation brings together the sound knowledge of the law and the legal skills an experienced litigator will use to get the best results for clients in a real-world context. It will be of use toanyone in the early years of legal practice, experienced solicitors who have had limited involvement with civil litigation, and those training to be a barrister or solicitor.

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This book analyses the key skills that a lawyer needs to handle a case effectively, a topic that is not covered coherently in any other book. At a time of rapid and wide-ranging change in the delivery of legal services, the current edition involves a complete reworking of the last edition ofthe book to take into account the implication...

Susan Blake is Associate Dean of The City Law School, City University London. Susan Blake spent several years in practice at the Bar dealing with a variety of types of case in all levels of courts. She was formerly Course Director of the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, having played a major part in devising a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:May 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198715943

ISBN - 13:9780198715948

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Table of Contents

1. The growing focus on 'Effective' Litigation2. An Overview of the Litigation Process3. Dispute Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution Options4. Legal Practitioners and the developing Professional Context5. Advising a Client and Taking Instructions6. Financing Litigation7. Establishing and Analysing Facts8. Making best use of relevant Law9. Defining Issues10. Joining the right Parties11. Legal Letters and Opinions12. Drafting Statements of Case13. Pursuing Appropriate Remedies14. Defending an Action15. Track Allocation and Directions16. Active Case Management and the use of Sanctions17. Costs Management and Budgeting18. Evidence, Disclosure and Witness Statements19. The potential roles of Experts20. Procedural Rules as Practical Tools21. Managing Risk and Cost Benefit Assessment22. Settling a Case and Part 36 offers23. Preparing a Case for trial and drafting Skeleton Arguments24. Presenting a Case in Court25. Costs Orders and Costs Shifting26. Enforcing a Judgment27. Challenging a Judgment27. Your Practice