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The Art of War, Peace and Palaver : The Contentious Guide to Legal Disputes - Paul Brennan

The Art of War, Peace and Palaver

The Contentious Guide to Legal Disputes

By: Paul Brennan

Paperback | 4 November 2018

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When the Godfather said, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer," he was quoting Sun Tzu, a Chinese Warlord who wrote the Art of War 2,500 years ago.This book will give you the foresight to avoid or minimise disputes in the first place, which is often the most effective but least popular option. It not only covers court actions, but fights with government departments, multinationals, club committees, your spouse, neighbours and all sorts of other people and organisations that wind you up.If a Chinese Warlord could temper decisive and sometimes highly aggressive action with planning and caution, so can you pause to consider the consequences of your actions and plan accordingly. Itis so often the difference between victory and defeat.This book combines the qualities of a useful book on litigation with wry humour and the odd belly laugh. Whether you are a corporate warrior, small business owner or professional advisor, it will keep you amused, while providing you with insights and the understanding to manage risk.

Industry Reviews

"Beneath the light hearted veneer lurks some very sensible and practical advice on the dos and dont's of disputes"
Cherie Blair - CBE QC

Chair, Omnia Strategy LLP

"A super sensible approach to all things law. Practical, informational and even funny, Paul has taken a lot of the uncertainty and fear out of 'the law' and even made a lot of it comprehensible! That's a feat in itself! A must read to keep you sane if you are involved in any dispute!"
Amanda Gore
Experiential Keynote Speaker

"Paul makes the wisdom of Sun Tzu relatable to litigants of all types. Regardless of whether you are in a fight with your neighbour, business partner, landlord, or someone who defamed you, this book contains valuable (and easy to apply) lessons on the Art of War. And many of them are lessons you should be aware of before you make that first call to your litigator!"
W. Brad Hanna, B.E.S, LLB., FCIArb.
Partner, Co-Chair of Dispute Resolution, Franchising & Distribution and International Arbitration Groups
McMillan, Toronto

"Paul presents to the reader a funny and incisive summary of key areas of law full of common sense strategies and guides. A delight to read. What a unique and enthralling approach to giving to the reader an insight into client, lawyer, and law participants strategies and thoughts - and yes in many instances what is exactly being thought. As a fellow traveller (yes that's a lawyer) I can only hope that Paul's approach brings some overdue and much needed reassessment that not all lawyers are flesh eating money hungry bastards (well not the flesh eating part anyway)"

Chris Campbell
Legal Director
Aitken Legal

"Paul's combination of Sun Tzu's wisdom, his own unique sense of humor, and some excellent legal advice make this a 'must read' for lawyers and litigants alike. A compelling read that will entertain and educate at the same time."
Andrew Kitts
Founder & Chairman of Star Optima Group Ltd

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