Drafting (19th edition)

The City Law School
Pub date
Aug 2018
Bar Manual
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Drafting is designed to equip trainee barristers with the requisite skills to draft high-quality legal documents across all areas of practice. The manual contains practical advice on the skill of drafting in a number of legal settings, including contract, tort, and criminal proceedings.

Each chapter contains numerous examples accompanied by detailed commentary on the key features of the draft. Exercises are included throughout the manual, offering the opportunity to practice and perfect your own style of drafting.


1 The skill of drafting
2 The use of precedents
3 Drafting in plain language
4 The rules and principles relating to statements of case
5 Headings
6 Claim forms
7 Basic particulars of claim in tort and contract
8 Basic defences in tort and contract
9 Further particulars of a claim
10 Further defences
11 Misrepresentation
12 Additional precedents for claims
13 Defence and counterclaim
14 Reply and defence to counterclaim
15 Additional claims
16 Amendment of statements of case
17 Request for further information
18 Further information
19 Interim injunctions
20 Written evidence
21 Judgments and orders
22 Claims for judicial review
23 Skeleton arguments
24 Indictments
25 Criminal grounds of appeal
26 Part 8 claims
27 Construction claims
28 Claims for breach of trust and the recovery of trust property
29 Checklists for drafting skills

About the author: 

This manual is edited by David Emmet, Barrister, former Reader, The City Law School

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