Litigation: a bit like the Tour de France

By Kath Livingston

Many of us have been avid watchers of this year’s Tour de France, and it got us to thinking that this epic race is a little bit like litigation.

First, there’s the critical matter of assembling a winning team. No use having a professional cycling team made up of only sprinters or climbers — you need both alongside an entire back-office team. Within any litigation trial team, the choice of solicitors, counsel, experts, witnesses and client representatives is key.

You need the right mix of legal expertise: factual knowledge and advocacy, strategic, written/oral communication and analytical and logistics skills. And of course the whole team must be committed and tenacious, with a hawk eye for detail…

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