"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
“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."
Founder & Chairman of Star Optima Group Ltd
“Applying the wise maxims of Sun Tzu, Paul has a real knack of distilling from the vast complexity of litigation the most important nuggets of practical knowledge and wisdom that we should all know. Doing so in an easily digestible manner and with light humour is a triumph in itself.” Mark Brown Partner Bristows LLP, London
"Keep your friends close and a copy of this book in your top desk drawer (and consider sending a copy to your clients in lieu of the holiday fruitcake). Paul makes us laugh and entertains while reminding lawyers and litigants that dealing with conflict (or avoiding it altogether) is a serious business that requires careful thought and strategic planning—much like the art of war.”
Randy P. Scheer Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP, Missouri firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Art of War, Peace & Palaver is for those who have (or seek) a sense of humour about law. Written in an accessible, conversational style, it rollicks along at an entertaining pace, but remains informative and valuable”.
Lift Legal Pty Ltd
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.
Extract from "The Art of War, Peace & Palaver: The Contentious Guide to Legal Disputes" by Paul Brennan