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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation 8th ed isbn 9780198715948

A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation 7th ed

ISBN13: 9780199550302
New Edition ISBN: 9780198715948
Previous Edition ISBN: 1841740101
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This book analyses the key skills that a lawyer needs to handle a case effectively following the litigation process from beginning to end. It presents these skills in a practical way, and in the context of using law and the rules of procedure and evidence.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive guide to the use of legal skills in practice, combined with substantive law and procedural and evidential rules
  • Offers sound advice on analysing a case and representing a client, as well as guidance on writing and drafting effectively
  • Includes practical examples, checklists and forms to help practitioners navigate their way round this area of law
  • Provides a step-by-step guide to litigation from the first interview to post-judgement
New to this edition
  • Completely updated to reflect changes in the rules of civil procedure and evidence, as well as the relevant case law
  • More checklists and how-to-do-it guides focusing on collecting evidence for a case; reviewing the strengths of a case, and deciding how to take a case forward
  • More focus on practical and business aspects, including costs, collecting and preparing evidence and dealing with the other side effectively
  • New chapter on running a case in a business like way and assessing risks

Courts and Procedure
1. What is "Effective Litigation"?
2. The Roles of Legal Practitioners
3. The Professional Context - Ethos and Ethics
4. An Overview of the Litigation Process
5. Running a Case in a Business-like way and Assessing Risks
6. Financing Litigation
7. Techniques for Meetings With Clients
8. Advising a Client and Taking Instructions
9. Establishing and Managing Facts
10. Managing and Using Legal Knowledge
11. Defining Issues to State a Case
12. Skills in Legal Writing
13. Drafting a Statement of Case
14. Deciding Who Should Sue Whom
15. Pursuing Appropriate Remedies and Relief
16. The Vital Role of Evidence
17. Procedural Rules as Practical Tools
18. Defending an Action
19. The Contract Model
20. The Tort Model
21. Settling a Case
22. Preparing a Case for Trial
23. Presenting a Case in Court
24. Enforcing or Challenging a Judgement
25. Your Practice