A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation (8th edition)

ISBN : 9780198715948

Susan H. Blake
628 ページ
170 x 244 mm
Practical Approach Series

This book analyses the key skills that a lawyer needs to handle a case effectively, a topic that is not covered coherently in any other book. At a time of rapid and wide-ranging change in the delivery of legal services, the current edition involves a complete reworking of the last edition to take into account the implications of the implementation of the Jackson Review, and to see effective litigation clearly in the context of concerns about funding, case management by the court, costs, and the growing use of alternative dispute resolution. The book has a strong focus on the needs of the legal practitioner, the decisions to be taken at each stage of a case, and the criteria to apply in making those decisions. This is all securely based in references to relevant Civil Procedure Rules and decided cases, with checklists and commentary to assist in the project management of a case. The book also focuses on the skills a lawyer needs to work effectively. This includes skills in dealing with a client, drafting legal documents, and presenting a case in court. Throughout the work the emphasis is on demonstrating how to use law effectively, how to develop a case, and how to present persuasive arguments. Lawyers operate in an increasingly complex environment, faced with challenges in funding a case, in managing a case to avoid sanctions, and in using complex rules to best effect. The author addresses the use of legal knowledge and skills within this rapidly changing context, bearing in mind not least that the pace of change is likely to continue with the developing use of IT, and the widening use of alternative business structures. In putting together skills and law in a fully up-to-date context, A Practical Approach to Effective Litigation brings together the sound knowledge of the law and the legal skills an experienced litigator will use to get the best results for clients in a real-world context. It will be of use to anyone in the early years of legal practice, experienced solicitors who have had limited involvement with civil litigation, and those training to be a barrister or solicitor.


1. The growing focus on 'Effective' Litigation
2. An Overview of the Litigation Process
3. Dispute Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution Options
4. Legal Practitioners and the developing Professional Context
5. Advising a Client and Taking Instructions
6. Financing Litigation
7. Establishing and Analysing Facts
8. Making best use of relevant Law
9. Defining Issues
10. Joining the right Parties
11. Legal Letters and Opinions
12. Drafting Statements of Case
13. Pursuing Appropriate Remedies
14. Defending an Action
15. Track Allocation and Directions
16. Active Case Management and the use of Sanctions
17. Costs Management and Budgeting
18. Evidence, Disclosure and Witness Statements
19. The potential roles of Experts
20. Procedural Rules as Practical Tools
21. Managing Risk and Cost Benefit Assessment
22. Settling a Case and Part 36 offers
23. Preparing a Case for trial and drafting Skeleton Arguments
24. Presenting a Case in Court
25. Costs Orders and Costs Shifting
26. Enforcing a Judgment
27. Challenging a Judgment
27. Your Practice


Susan Blake, Associate Dean of The City Law School, City University London. 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 Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution that was introduced in 2011. This Master's course fits quite closely with the coverage of this book, as it focuses on effective legal practice, and current issues in legal practice. Susan is also a co-author of A Practical Approach to Alternative Dispute Resolution (3rd edition 2014), and of The Jackson ADR Handbook (2013) which was published in connection with the implementation of proposals resulting from The Jackson Review of Costs. Both books are published by Oxford University Press.