Civil Litigation 2017-2018 (10th edition)

ISBN : 9780198787655

Susan Cunningham-Hill; Karen Elder
496 Pages
206 x 292 mm
Pub date
Jun 2017
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Civil Litigation introduces students to the processes and procedures involved in making and defending civil litigation claims. The text is ideal for students taking the Legal Practice Course or relevant LLB or LLM modules and features case studies on both a personal injury matter and a commercial matter, making it suitable for students with either a high street or a commercial focus. Following the chronological progression of a civil litigation claim, the book offers practical guidance on advising clients whilst ensuring that the latest principles of the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct are maintained. Students on CILEx courses, new trainees in practice, and paralegals will find this practical guidance of use in both their study and their work. Innovative diagrams at the beginning of chapters clearly illustrate the litigation procedure and help students understand the nature of the process as a whole. Examples provide students with a realistic context for their learning, while issues of cost, best practice, and professional conduct are clearly highlighted. Alternative dispute resolution is given appropriate practical emphasis, and references to the Civil Procedure Rules throughout make sure that students are ready for life in practice.


1 Introduction
2 A modern litigation approach
3 Costs information to the client and funding options
4 The nature, extent, and recovery of legal costs
5 Alternative dispute resolution
6 The first client meeting and initial considerations
7 Pre-action substantive matters
8 Pre-action protocols
9 Starting your court action and serving it on the defendant
10 Defending a claim
11 Drafting statements of case
12 Case management
13 Interim applications - general considerations
14 Interim applications - common types
15 Part 36 offers
16 Disclosure and inspection
17 Witness statements and documentary evidence
18 Experts and expert evidence
19 Trial, settlement, and appeals
20 Assessment of cost proceedings
Appendix 1: additional chapters (online only)

About the author: 

Susan Cunningham-Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Staffordshire University. She has extensive experience teaching civil litigation to LPC students and has been involved in the preparation and delivery of litigation courses. She has also practised as a solicitor for more than 20 years, predominantly in commercial and personal injury litigation.; Karen Elder is a practising solicitor at Beswicks Legal, an accredited commercial mediator, and formerly a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University. She has extensive experience teaching civil litigation to LPC students and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been practising as a solicitor for 15 years acting for both claimants and defendants in commercial construction and personal injury matters.

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