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Civil Litigation 2019-2020

Twelfth Edition

Susan Cunningham-Hill and Karen Elder

July 2019

ISBN: 9780198838555

504 pages

In Stock

Legal Practice Course Manuals

Price: £35.99

The most practical companion for students and trainee solicitors examining the law in practice, using extensive case studies and online resources to provide expert guidance on conduct and procedure.



This text provides student-focused coverage of the key procedures central to the civil litigation process. Making use of innovative diagrams and two case studies which run throughout the book, the text clearly demonstrates how the procedures fit together, making it the perfect resource for students and trainee solicitors new to practice.

  • An accessible and engaging writing style lends an informal tone to what is often considered by students to be a procedural subject area
  • Two case studies, one on a personal injury matter and one on a breach of contract matter, provide realistic examples which help students put their learning into context and prepare them for life in practice
  • Diagrams in the form of a timeline feature at the start of relevant chapters and offer a visual representation of litigation procedure, enabling students to gain an overview of the connections between the various stages of the civil litigation process
  • Text boxes emphasize important practical considerations such as costs, best practice and professional conduct, as well as the Civil Procedure Rules
  • Self-test questions and key point summaries at the end of chapters help students assess their level of knowledge and understanding
  • Extensive online resources include video footage relating to case studies within the book, an interactive litigation timeline, updates, podcasts, weblinks, and a test bank of over fifty questions for lecturers to test students' understanding of the subject
  • Access to a digital version of this book comes with every purchase to enable a more flexible learning experience - 12 months' access to this title on Law Trove will be available from 15 July 2019. Access must be redeemed by 30 June 2020

About the Author(s)

Susan Cunningham-Hill, Formerly Senior Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University, and Karen Elder, Solicitor and Partner, Beswicks Legal, former Senior Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University

Susan Cunningham-Hill practised as a solicitor for more than 20 years, predominantly in commercial and personal injury litigation, and worked concurrently as an academic teaching on the LPC. She has been extensively involved in the delivery of litigation courses and in writing and preparing transactional and skills based assessment regimes.

Karen Elder is a practising solicitor at Beswicks Legal, an accredited commercial mediator, and formerly a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University. She has extensive experience teaching civil litigation to LPC students and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been practising as a solicitor for 15 years acting for both claimants and defendants in commercial construction and personal injury matters.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: A modern litigation approach
    3: Costs information to the client and funding options
    4: The nature, extent, and recovery of legal costs
    5: Alternative dispute resolution
    6: The first client meeting and initial considerations
    7: Pre-action substantive matters
    8: Pre-action protocols
    9: Starting your court action and serving it on the defendant
    10: Defending a claim
    11: Drafting statements of case
    12: Case management
    13: Interim applications - general considerations
    14: Interim applications - common types
    15: Part 36 offers and offers to settle outside part 36
    16: Disclosure and inspection
    17: Witness statements and documentary evidence
    18: Experts and expert evidence
    19: Trial, settlement, and appeals
    20: Assessment of cost proceedings
    Appendix 1: additional chapters (online only)

Additional Resources

Online resources supporting this book include:
- Case study documentation to support the fictional scenarios referred to in the book
- Additional chapters covering injunctions, a practical guide to court hearings, instructions to counsel and enforcements of judgment
- Annotated forms
- Appendix - links to key Court forms
- Litigation train timeline to help students put the litigation process in context
- Podcasts
- Updates
- Weblinks
- Additional case study materials for lecturers, including suggested answers to case study questions
- Video clips
- Test bank of over 50 multiple choice questions

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