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Devil's Advocate, The

Devil's Advocate, The
3rd Edition
Practice Area:  Academic Law, Legal Skills
ISBN:  9780414023222
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  23 Jan 2015
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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"...the book of my dreams, the Titanic of the advocacy world (even though it is modestly sized)...Iain Morley has bridged the gap between reading about advocacy and how you actually do it... [the book is] warmly welcomed and should be in every white wig box." 
Phillip Taylor, MBE Barrister at Law, in The Barrister 

“Quite simply [this] is the best book of its kind. Indeed it is the only book of its kind… Buy this book. Study it. You won’t regret it.” 
Professor A.R. Forrest, University of Sheffield, in Science & Justice

The Devil’s Advocate, a best-selling advocacy manual in both the UK and the Commonwealth, brings a fresh approach to the Do’s and Don’ts of good advocacy. Written with humour and style, the title explains clear techniques, taking the reader through the practical application of advocacy step-by-step.

The Devil’s Advocate has quickly become the leading handbook and practical guide to advocacy in any adversarial courtroom, in any country, to be read and carried about by any advocate.

Iain Morley QC is twenty years call in well-known London criminal chambers, prosecuting and defending in the Crown Courts, including many high-profile serious crime cases. He has taught advocacy skills pro bono to the Inner Temple juniors, written much of the teaching materials, and taught the teachers – including Silks and Judges.


Great for Bar School and should be compulsory reading for all court advocates.

"Well, he’s done it again with this superb third expanded version and, at double the length (but not cost) the book reminds us all how brilliant Sweet & Maxwell are at spotting and producing these special legal friends for the jobbing advocate.

And how advocacy has changed! It is 10 years since the birth of Iain’s work which took many of us by storm for its originality. At the time I wrote that it showed one how to be seriously good in Court taking the author’s original subtitle.

And it remains the book of my dreams and a Titanic of the advocacy world (and you can see what film I was watching at the time) because the advice given avoids all the ice bergs and glacial stares from the Bench!

The little book is bigger now at over 400 pages but still modestly sized and very easy to read and digest with plenty of space for you to add your own personal tips about advocacy style.

Iain’s writing style, enthusiasm and approach continues to bridge the gap between reading about the art of advocacy and actually how you do it in a court room.  I have revised my view about the warm welcome I gave the original edition just to say on reflection that it should be in every wig box and not just that of the white wig! 

Thank you Iain and keep up the good work".

- Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

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