Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation published 20120820

Subtitled "tipping the Scales of Justice in your client's favour," "Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation by Nigel Morris-Cotterill helps litigators develop a winning strategy from the moment their client walks into their office.

Online PR News – 20-August-2012 – London, England – 20 August 2012 Today sees the publication of "Sun Tzu and The Art of Litigation" by veteran litigator and Head, The Anti Money Laundering Network, Nigel Morris-Cotterill.

Speaking at the launch of the book in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Morris-Cotterill said "Litigation is a blood sport, a gladiatorial contest. Each side names its champions who are ordered to fight to the death. Litigation is brutal. But it is also full of finesse and strategy. It is as much a mind game as a fight game. Litigation is as much, if not more, an art as it is a skill."

Morris-Cotterill began his law in litigation during his school holidays and immediately displayed an aptitude for litigation. He believes that the character of the litigator is at least as important as his skill and knowledge: "Litigation is a battle of wills, a test of character and intellect. It is a test of stamina. But most of all, litigation is a matter of honour."

Morris-Cotterill left full time practice to head what has now become The Anti Money Laundering Network group of companies but his experience in developing successful litigation strategies is applied daily as he works with banks, insurance companies and securities houses, commercial concerns and government departments and agencies to develop the policies and procedures that are put in place to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crime.

"The strategies that play out in both litigation and counter-financial crime systems and policies are at their heart remarkably similar. But in litigation the primary variables are that the client expects a win and what happens in court; in combating financial crime, the objectives are to protect the organisation against internal and external threats at the earliest possible stage. Therefore, in practice, while the fundamentals are the same, the execution is very different."

In closing, Morris-Cotterill said "Litigation is war and this is the art of how to win in any court anywhere in the world."

Notes for editors:

Sun Tzu and the art of Litigation: tipping the Scales of Justice in your client's favour

Nigel Morris-Cotterill, Solicitor (retired), Head, The Anti Money Laundering Network

Publisher: CreateSpace, USA (global distribution via and associated websites / bookshops).

Publication date: 20 August 2012

Paperback: USD50.00

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