Devil’s Advocate

How is it that can you lose a case even though truth is on your side? What two vital things you should never do when dealing with a case? How can you present arguments in a simple, brief, rational and reasonable manner? How should you examine witnesses and what is the difference between questioning your own witnesses and witnesses of the other party? Every attorney seeks answers to these questions.

Staroń & Partners law firm is the publishing partner for this extraordinary advocacy manual written by Iain Morley, an icon of the advocacy world and one of the most successful barristers in the UK. The book was translated by Piotr Staroń, who frequently attended courses given by Iain Morley.

Morley shares experience of his many years of practice during which he handled the toughest, high-profile cases. The Devil’s Advocate is a practical guide in which the author explains in a plain and straightforward manner without moralising what a court battle is about and how to win it.

Piotr Staroń about the book:

When I read the Devil’s Advocate for the first time I had the uncanny feeling I was reading my own thoughts. Here was the book that I’d sorely missed as I started out as a junior lawyer and then through 18 years of professional practice when I had to learn on my own through trial and error.

Read the interview with Piotr Staroń about the book.


  • "My favourite book about the art of persuasion. An English lawyer recommended it to me a few years ago. I’ve kept it on my desk from that day on and I dip into it regularly in search of inspiration and structuring arguments before a hearing. I have already handed out dozens of copies to my colleagues. My favourite part? The bit about the advantage that simple words and expressions have over convoluted sentences laced with legal jargon. The book is dedicated to that principle: simple and convincing. "

    Bartosz Krużewski

    Partner at the law firm Clifford Chance

  • “Quite simply [this] is the best book of its kind. Indeed it is the only book of its kind… Buy this book. Study it. You won’t regret it.”

    Profesor A.R. Forrest

    University of Sheffield, in Science & Justice

  • "Devil's Advocate is an unusual and interesting guide for lawyers, written in a light, direct and engaging way .... It also makes interesting reading for people who are simply interested in the law and the power of effective argumentation and persuasion - definitely recommended. "

    Maciej Dworniak Partner

    Partner, Bastion Capital