ADVOCACY & LITIGATION STRATEGY AND PLANNING SKILLS

ADVOCACY & LITIGATION STRATEGY AND PLANNING SKILLS MASTERCLASS 

Introduction 

This course is suitable for lawyers (new lawyers and law students inclusive) who want a better understanding of how and why things have to be done. Taking participants through winning strategies from the Rules of Court. 

Here is an overview of Litigation Skills designed to provide participants with a good basic understanding of the litigation process and increase their ability to assist clients. 

This course will focus on the planning that a litigator must do throughout the life of a case in developing strategies for the conduct of the litigation. It covers in part taking a case, anticipating pretrial procedures, preservation of evidence, deciding on causes of actions, obtaining expert witnesses, discovery strategy, motions practice, development of trial themes, demonstrative evidence, jury selection, order of witnesses, and settlement considerations. 

 

Learning Outcome 

  • Taking instructions from your client 
  • Pre action steps, correspondence, negotiations and offers 
  • Offers to settle and payments into court 
  • Starting proceedings and the choice of court 
  • Case management and how it works 
  • Preparing Courtroom Processes 
  • Disclosure 
  • Experts 
  • The Essentials of Procedure and Jurisdiction 
  • Procedural steps and applications 
  • Preparing for trial and trial procedure 

 

Using worked examples throughout, this highly practical intermediate level course will examine the day-to-day issues facing civil litigators. In particular the emphasis is on tactical thinking and preparation for Court-based remedies and solutions so that delegates may learn how to lead and direct the outcome of contested hearings. 

 

 

AGENDA 

Civil and Criminal Proceedings 

Taking instructions from your client 

Pre action steps (including protocols), correspondence, negotiations and offers 

Offers to settle and payments into court 

Starting proceedings and the choice of court 

Case management and how it works: Drafting techniques for CMC preparation and managing the difficult opponent 

Preparing the statements of case 

Disclosure options and decision making; the right choice for the right case 

Experts 

The Essentials of Procedure and Jurisdiction 

Procedural steps and applications 

Preparing for trial and trial procedure 

The Issue of Jurisdiction 

Multiple Jurisdiction Litigation 

Commencement and Place of Action 

Endorsement of Claim and Address 

Issuance of Originating Processes 

Service of Originating Processes 

Service in and out of Nigeria 

Entering Appearance 

Summary Judgment 

Undefended List Procedure 

Fast Track Procedure 

Parties to a Suit/Action 

Pleadings 

Proceedings in lieu of Demurrer 

Pre-Trial Conference and Scheduling 

Discovery and Inspection 

Issues, Inquiries, Accounts and References to Referees 

Trial Proceedings 

Evidence 

Consolidation of Cases 

Transfer of Cases 

Interpleader Proceedings 

Miscellaneous Provisions (check and list) 

Habeas Corpus 

Judicial Review 

Judgment and Appeals 

Enforcement of Judgment 

Garnishee Proceedings 

Non-Suit 

Costs 

Brief Writing 

Business Litigation 

The Argument for Class Actions and Mass Tort Litigation 

Particular Types of Litigation 

  • Securities 
  • Employment 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • Proceedings in Revenue Matters 

Winning strategies from mastery of the rules of Court