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Opinion Writing and Case Preparation

Seventh Edition

The City Law School

July 2022

ISBN: 9780192857941

400 pages

In Stock

Bar Manuals

Price: £42.99

The only manuals supporting students on Bar courses, providing detailed coverage of the key laws, rules and procedures alongside practical exercises.



Opinion Writing and Case Preparation equips trainee barristers with the tools and techniques they need to identify, analyse, and present sound legal arguments, and provides them with a thorough grounding in the skill of writing opinions.

  • A highly practical guide to all aspects of case preparation, demonstrating the skills required to build a winning case
  • A dedicated section on legal research guides the reader through the plethora of print and electronic sources available
  • Worked examples, exercises, and realistic sets of papers for both civil and criminal cases demonstrate skills in a real-world context
  • Illustrates the essential stages of opinion writing, from analysis of the case and determining appropriate advice to writing the opinion, and provides a number of sample opinions written by practising barristers
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

The City Law School

This manual is edited by Nigel Duncan, Professor Emeritus of Legal Education, The City Law School, and Allison Wolfgarten, Barrister, former Senior Lecturer, The City Law School

Table of Contents

    Legal Research
    1:Preparation: a forensic skill
    2:Introduction to practical legal research
    3:Legal research methods and techniques
    4:Legal resources for the practitioner
    5:Using electronic resources for research
    6:Researching words and phrases
    7:Reading and interpreting a case
    8:Practical legal research: a summary
    9:Legal sources for the practitioner: a bibliography
    Fact Management
    10:Overview of a civil case
    11:Anatomy of a criminal case
    12:The fact management process
    13:Presentation for the practitioner: the CAP approach in action
    14:Dealing with figures
    15:Communication and information technology use in case preparation and presentation
    Opinion Writing
    16:Words and the barrister
    17:Qualities of good writing
    18:Plain language
    19:Opinion writing
    20:The use of law in an opinion
    21:Getting started
    22:An illustration of the opinion writing process
    23:Advice on evidence in a civil case
    24:Advice on evidence in a criminal case
    25:Checklist for opinion writing skills

Additional Resources

Digital formats
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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