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The Devil's Advocate Paperback – 31 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell; 2nd edition edition (31 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847037682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847037688
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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I practice law in a legal system that is very different from what the Author writes about. I'm a junior lawyer learning my ways in the continental Europe's courts. Nevertheless the advice given in this tiny book are not only relevant, but immensely helpful.

It's full of tiny little things which you, as an advocate, should know and remember.
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From the outset, Morley states that the approach is practical drawing upon his admirable experience as an advocate without any discussion of the theoretical bases. This is a rough and ready, but absolutely authorative guide or handbook to advocacy - the dos and the don'ts.

Do not let the page count decieve, the book is highly accessable, does not waste space and is written wholely in bulletpoint form.

This can also function as a quick reference to all topics covered in depth by Richard du Cann's 'Art of the Advocate'.
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This book offers excellent practical advice for Advocates (normally barristers)as to how to prepare cases and conduct themselves in court. But it is much more than that. Those interested in the Law and how it is practiced in this country will find it fascinating. The Author, Ian Morley QC, makes it clear from the start that this is a practical primer devoid of any philosophising or moralising. It therefore focuses purely on how to WIN - which he states must be the one and only concern of any advocate - and how 'apparently hopeless' cases can be won if you 'play the rules' better than your opponent. He is particularly candid about the 'tricky' aspect of 'the truth', strongly implying that this should not be the concern of any advocate. Indeed, he states that (in capital letters) advocates must try to win their cases IRRESPECTIVE OF THE TRUTH. In so doing he (perhaps unwittingly but perhaps not) delivers a damning condemnation of how the adversarial system of British law works in practice. It is a great shame that this book will remain largely unread outside the so-called legal profession.
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This books explains with simple language the ins and outs of talking with authority in court. It is written in a way to be accessible to all law students and I personally have recommended all my fellow students at the College of Law in Birmingham to read it! A great revision tool and that rare thing, a book on law that is easy to read.

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This is a cleverly written book,composed in a style which makes the information, knowledge and advice, easy to grasp and retain. It also renders the subject of advocacy hugely interesting, removing the mystic of how anyone studying law,and by following the matter of fact approach, could become a smart exponent in the skills of this extremely important element of courtroom interaction. This is, of course, if you follow the advice of the author. It is comparatively short, and fits easily into a bag or pocket, which means you have immediate access to an aide-memoire, highlighting how it may be 'dipped' into whenever you feel the need to be reassured.
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During my BPTC course I was told or nearly forced to buy it. Now I have to admit it is a great buy and I still read it regularly. It is like a good book that you can read over and over again. This book is not like a normal law book which you might want to chuck in the corner and never read again. This book will be helpful in all situations of your life where you have to appear confident without appearing too cocky. It is an amazing book I can just say get it and never lose it. It is a well drafted and very approachable book with simple examples to understand and practice.
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This book is a must have for anyone who will be doing advocacy. It is written with criminal law in mind but I have applied many of the tips etc in civil advocacy.

Iain Morley QC shares some good tips in relation to cross examination and opening and closing speeches etc, but the best thing is the way the book is written, it is written as if he is speaking to you, very easy to pick up the night before a trial and remind yourself of the mistakes not to make!

A must buy for any student, trainee, pupil or advocate!
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This little thin book is a fantastic and informative guide to advocacy in Court. It is not a mighty tome which will take months to read and absorb difficult material.

The premise is to give the reader a series of short chapters which can be read and re read quickly and which give basic principles applicable to being very good, good or at least competent in Court.
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