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About John O'Sullivan

John is a senior Bay St civil litigator with substantial courtroom experience. He practiced as a partner in "Big Law" for 25 years. He withdrew in 2012 to set up his own civil and estates litigation practice that avoids the hourly rate model wherever possible. John offers "referred advocacy" services to lawyers and the public. He is a passionate promoter of law for innovation, and rules of civil procedure that allow litigants to get their matters in front of a judge for determination. He is a mandatory mediation sceptic. He questions the increasingly popular view that a lawyer has failed the client if settlement is not achieved, and they end up at the courtroom door.

Posts by John O'Sullivan

UK ‘Tie Breaker’ Legislation

The Reasonable Refusal to Mediate

Lower Legal Cost – Same Legal Expertise?

Dissenting Judgments

Trueing Up in 2012

The Judge’s House

Supermarket Law

Over Reaching

Abramovich Trial Decision

Reasons for Judgment

Juries and the Internet

The Return of Legal Apprenticeships

“Democratic Deficit”

Reconsidering Assange

The Cloud and the PATRIOT Act

Litigating Economically

W(h)ither Articling ?

Mediation Advocacy (Again)

Clients or Customers?

Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates

Assange’s Appeal to the UK Supreme Court

Interactive Law?

Occupy the Courts

UKSC’s Newest Member

Darwinian Advocacy

Ode to the Trial

Judicial Mediation Policy Day

Referral Advocacy