Litigation: a bit like the Tour de France

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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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