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Bar Manual: Opinion Writing and Case Preparation 1st ed isbn 9780199591848

Bar Manual: Opinion Writing 2009/2010

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Edited by: Allison Wolfgarten, The City Law School

ISBN13: 9780199568543
New Edition ISBN: 9780199591848
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780199553501
Published: August 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Opinion Writing 2009/2010 offers trainee barristers a thorough grounding in the essential skill of writing opinions and providing practical advice on matters such as evidence and procedure. Adopting a systematic approach to opinion writing, the manual first provides guidance on analyzing the issues of a case, through to deciding what advice should be given, how the opinion should be structured, before finally moving onto writing the opinion to a high professional standard.

The fundamental qualities of effective writing - clarity, accuracy, and conciseness - are clearly identified and explained ensuring that the manual supports the reader in developing the unrivalled level of proficiency in writing required of all practising barristers.

Opinion Writing 2009/2010 is essential reading for all trainee barristers, and is also a useful source of reference for junior practitioners wishing to refresh or refine their opinion writing skills.

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Legal Manuals
1: Introduction
2: Qualities of good writing
3: Plain English
4: Introduction to opinion writing
5: Opinion writing
6: The use of law in an option
7: Getting started
8: An illustration of the opinion writing process
9: Examples of barristers' opinions
10: Advising for the purposes of public funding in civil cases
11: Advice on evidence in a civil case
12: Advice on evidence in a criminal case
13: Advice on evidence and quantum
14: Checklist for Opinion Writing Skills
Appendix A: Improving your writing skills
Appendix B: Exercises
Appendix C: Further exercises
Appendix D: Re Mr and Mrs Roberts;