Bluffer's Guide to Law: Bluff Your Way in Law

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Those who seek to explore the delectable realms of equity and succession, of jurisprudence or revenue law, of licensing or mercantile law, of banking or the law of construction must pursue their quest in heavier tomes than this slim publication. It is enough to keep in mind that you only need the necessary framework and enough inside information to impress and, who knows, if you display sufficient stubborn determination and a consuming desire to put cost before justice you may yet achieve the ultimate goal of the...
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Overview

Those who seek to explore the delectable realms of equity and succession, of jurisprudence or revenue law, of licensing or mercantile law, of banking or the law of construction must pursue their quest in heavier tomes than this slim publication. It is enough to keep in mind that you only need the necessary framework and enough inside information to impress and, who knows, if you display sufficient stubborn determination and a consuming desire to put cost before justice you may yet achieve the ultimate goal of the bluffer - the post of Lord Chancellor.
Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant expertise.
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Meet the Author

David Mitchell
Having first disguised himself under alias as Martin Vernon in case his Bluffer's Guide to Law caused him to be struck off, David Mitchell now feels sufficiently safe to own up to being himself.

At the age of nine he was despatched to Sussex where he spent seven years dressed in knee breeches and yellow stockings marching up and down to a band. These peculiar traits, combined with the failure of his studies in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, inexorably led to a career in the law. He has pursued the sport of litigation in London, occasionally in foreign climes, and now in the Midlands. He has dabbled as a Deputy District Judge and is now a mediator (which he reckons is like meditation in front of an audience) but regards squash as the only proper alternative activity, perhaps influenced by his disabilities at tennis, golf, windsurfing, skiing and sex.

Observation of the failures of others during his time spent as a divorce lawyer has sustained his own happy marriage and amused his long-suffering family. A senior partner within his firm, he has been heard to observe that a partnership is like marriage, but that he never expected to have around 25 spouses, nor that only three of them would be women.
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The Bluffer's Guide to Law


By Mitchell, David

Oval Books

Copyright © 1999 Mitchell, David
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825934

Adversaries
The English legal system is adversarial as opposed to inquisitorial. What this means is that lawyer A tries to outwit lawyer B and the court decides on the winner by adding up points for technical merit and artistic impression.

Ad hoc
In the law, Latin looms large as a necessary weapon in the armoury, and the distinction between 'ratio decidendi' and 'obiter dictum' is a useful one to know. Where a judgement is being given, the 'ratio decidendi' is the precise bit that is actually relevant to the case in point and intended to hit the button as the precedent for the future. The 'obiter dictum' means the judge in question was rambling on about something else at the time so one need not take much notice of what he said.

Specialisation
Civil law is all about people's rights and duties to one another and covers dozens of different and complex subjects, all enormous on their own and all subdivided into dozens more areas which are just as complicated. Each of those areas will have its textbooks and specialists. This allows you to pretend a rare speciality (such as 'employment contracts of second division football managers' or 'environmental law and the wood louse') and then to feign ignorance of any law outside that field.


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Excerpted from The Bluffer's Guide to Law by Mitchell, David Copyright © 1999 by Mitchell, David. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
The English Legal System 7
The Law of Precedent 9
Civil Law and Criminal Law 10
The Courts 12
The Lawyers 16
Solicitors 16
Barristers 17
Queen's Counsel 19
Judges 20
District Judges (Magistrates Courts) 22
Chairmen of Employment Tribunals 23
Academic Lawyers 24
In-house Lawyers 25
Crown Prosecutors 26
Local Authority Lawyers 27
Legal Executives 27
Trainees 28
Other Legal Dramatis Personae 29
Magistrates 29
Magistrates' Legal Advisors 30
Barristers' Clerks 31
Ushers 32
The Lawyers' Trade Unions 33
The Law Society 33
The Bar Council 34
Legal Aid and All That 35
The Clients 36
The Law Itself 39
Researching the Law 39
Criminal Law 40
Civil Law 42
The Law of Contract 42
The Law of Tort 44
The Law of Partnership 48
Company Law 49
Family Law 51
Employment Law 54
The Law of Insurance 55
The Law of Property 56
The Law of Inheritance 58
Glossary 60
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