A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Law - 676 pages
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This book analyzes the key skills that a lawyer needs to handle a case effectively. In addition to covering skills in dealing with a client, writing legal documents, and presenting a case in court, the text demonstrates how to use law effectively, how to develop a case, and how to present persuasive arguments. The approach is practical and sets out the skills that will help to found a successful legal career.

Following the Woolf reforms and other changes in procedure and evidence rules, lawyers operate in an increasingly complex environment, faced with funding litigation challenges and the usage of sophisticated communications & information technology systems. The book carefully addresses legal skills within this rapidly changing context.

In putting skills and law together, A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation shows how a sound knowledge of the legal principles of tort and contract can be used to get results for a real client in a real case. It will be of use to anyone starting work in legal practice, or training to be a barrister or solicitor.

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Susan Blake, Director of Studies and Associate Dean - Inns of Court School of Law (now part of The City Law School). 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 and implementing the BVC. She became Director of Studies in 1998, and is now also Programme Director for the LLM in Legal Professional Skills that was introduced in 2006. Since the last edition she has become Programme Director of the LLM in Professional Legal Skills, a route by which Bar Vocational Course students can convert their qualification to a full Master's degree. As the students complete dissertations on practice related topics this fits well with her authorship of this book.

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