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Pleadings Without Tears: A Guide to Legal Drafting Under the Civil Procedure Rules [Paperback]

William Rose , Roger Eastman
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15 Aug 2012 0199652945 978-0199652945 8
Pleadings Without Tears has become established as one of the most successful books on practical legal drafting in the context of litigation. This new eighth edition is fully updated to take account of Civil Procedure Rule (CPR) changes since the last edition.

The book takes a practical and insightful look at the subject of legal drafting, enabling the reader to become more confident in approaching this often unnecessarily daunting subject. It focuses on core skills and fundamental rules while clearly addressing each stage of the process and goes beyond a straightforward setting out of the precedents and authorities relevant to statements of case. It gives clear examples of how to set out relevant matters with clarity and precision and encourages the reader to give full consideration to concise and clear identification of the subject matter of the action, the issues of the case and the parties' respective positions in respect to those issues.

With a wealth of practical examples and anecdotes - and illustrated throughout with cartoons - the light and entertaining style, combined with detailed analysis and explanation, enables the reader to easily acquire a good understanding of drafting.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 8 edition (15 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199652945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199652945
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[E]ssential reading for any young solicitor or barrister. (New Law Journal)

Buy this enjoyable book! (Veronica Newman, Barristerweb)

About the Author

His Honour the late Judge William Rose was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1998. He was a member of the Board of Examiners of the Inns of Court School of Law between 1990 and 2001, and was Director of Studies at the Judicial Studies Board from 2002 to 2004. In 2004 he was appointed a Judicial Member of the Parole Board.

Master Roger Eastman was called to the Bar in 1978. He was appointed as a Deputy Queen's Bench Master in February 2003 and then as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit in July 2003. He was appointed a Queen's Bench Master in April 2009. After a traditional common law and crime pupillage, Roger Eastman developed a broad practice. He is at home in most areas of contract and tort but has had a focus in personal injury litigation and professional negligence. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants, has acted for a wide spectrum of insurers and has covered an enormous range of industries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad - but a bit outdated? 11 July 2013
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This book gave me a rough idea of how to set things out, but as a working newspaper editor I really do not like some of the author's ideas on the use of English. The book was first published in 1990, and I think due to information technology we have all moved on from the need to keep using 'the said', 'the aforementioned', etc. Nonetheless, the author gives you a very good idea of how to write your own Particulars of Claim or Defence, saving a fortune in bills from blase lawyers who really do not seem to care very much, as long as they get their large fee, just for re-wording what you can easily write yourself if you have a case worth writing about. Worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleading without tears 6 Nov 2012
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excellent well written book for anyone wanting to learn how to bring a case to court. It is written in a way that someone without a legal background can understand and the examples are well set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of its kind! 14 Oct 2012
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This is the best guide to drafting pleadings, for beginners as well as for experienced lawyers. It is written in simple language, without unnecessary and high-sounding jargon, the use of which the author frowns upon even in pleadings.

This is not a book laying out forms of pleadings. Rather, it's a book that attempts to explain the principles of drafting. In successive chapters, the author sets out (increasingly complex) facts around which he goes on to draft pleadings, explaining his rationale every step of the way. The text is intertwined with a good mix of humour as well as funny sketches. The author asks the reader to have a crack at drafting and comparing the results with his examples, stressing that there is no such thing as a "correct" draft and encourages individuality and creativity. The readers are expected to have a working knowledge of the procedural rules of pleading as well as of the Courts and a verbatim reproduction of these have been excluded from the book.

Plaints, written statements, affidavits.. are all covered. This must be on every lawyers desk. However, those who already have the 7th edition, can probably give this edition a miss.
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