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Civil Litigation Handbook



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20 February 2007

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
448 pages

Civil Litigation Handbook
2nd edition

Editors: General Editor: District Judge Suzanne Burn, Consultant Editor: Professor John Peysner


This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Civil Litigation Handbook offers a comprehensive and authoritative guide to litigation and dispute resolution.

A select group of the country's leading practitioners explain how to run an efficient, cost-effective and profitable litigation business in the post-Woolf era. The book adopts a two-part approach:

  • Part I - focuses on the strategic and practical aspects of running a litigation practice
  • Part II - concentrates on the day-to-day running of litigation cases.

The book contains a range of useful tools for the practitioner, including precedent letters and forms.


Part I - Running a Litigation Practice:
1. Quality and standards;
2. Human resources and team management;
3. Client care: handling complaints and claims;
4. Marketing litigation: referrals and instructions;
5. Managing litigation for profit;
Part II - Running a litigation case:
6. Risk analysis and managing a litigation case;
7. Settlement, ADR and negotiation skills;
8. Pre-action behaviour;
9. Serving proceedings;
10. Managing a case from service to trial;
11. Evidence;
12. Costs and financing;
Useful contacts.

About the Editors

Suzanne Burn is a District Judge at Bromley County Court. Previously in private practice and Secretary to the Law Society's Civil Litigation Committee, she is currently a member of the Civil Justice Council, a contributor to The White Book and regular author on civil litigation issues, particularly expert evidence. Her book Successful Use of Expert Witnesses was published by Shaws in 2005.

John Peysner is Professor of Law at the University of Lincoln and an Honorary Visiting Professor at City University, London. He was a member of the Civil Justice Council from 2001 to 2006 and is a member of the Civil Committee of the Judicial Studies Board.

With contributions from Vicky Ling, Jim Palmer, Heather Stewart, Mark Harvey, Tony Guise, Tim Aspinall, Tim Wallis, Jeff Kinder, Georgina Squire, Gordon Exall, Margaret Langley and David Marshall.