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I decided on 101 reasons as I didn’t want to depress the entire legal profession by having 1,001.
Paul Brennan, Lawyer, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

New Book : The Art of War, Peace & Palaver - The Contentious Guide to Legal Disputes


"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 

“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.

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.

Increasingly, disputes go legal. There are more lawyers around than ever before. People are increasingly aware of their rights, have more money and are less willing to let things go.

While not encouraging you to back away from the legal disputes that you can win, 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.
Sun Tzu : “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. Next, attacking in the field. The worst strategy is to besiege, as prolonged warfare is expensive”.

This book not only covers court actions, but fights with government departments, multi-nationals, club committees, your spouse, neighbours and all sorts of other people and organisations that wind you up.

Sun Tzu : “Know the enemy and yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  Know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”.

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. It is 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.

Sponsored by Brennans solicitors

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