Drafting in plain English What is plain English?
Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice Paul Rylance Combines the principles, rules, conventions and techniques applicable to legal writing and drafting in one accessible volume Structured sequentially from preparation to final edit but can also be used an 'at a glance' guide for common writing and drafting problems Includes easy-access features such as checklists of undesirable words and phrases Comprehensive guidance on the use of legal writing and email Features examples of good and bad practice throughout Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice Paul Rylance Description Writing and Drafting in Practice provides an up to date and comprehensive guide to writing and drafting - from the first stages of preparation to the final edit - for anyone starting out on a legal career.
Unlike an English usage text or style guide or a specialised drafting or precedent book, Writing and Drafting in Practice condenses and combines the main principles, rules, techniques and conventions in one volume for newcomers to legal writing and drafting.
It is designed to accompany readers from vocational study through to their qualification as solicitors, as well as throughout the early years of practice. Coverage of email and other electronic communications is included, as are a wide range of legal writing formats such as reports and memoranda.
Featuring checklists and examples, it can also be used as a reference for suggested approaches to common problems.Drafting in plain English What is plain English? The language used in a law should depend on who the law affects, taking account of how familiar they are with the subject.
'Plain-English drafting is too expensive and time-consuming.' Our experience shows that rewriting legalese into plain English can take time, but this can be avoided. Peter has delivered papers on legal drafting and land law at conferences around the world, from Ireland to Hong Kong.
He is a past president of Clarity, the international association for plain legal language. Writing in Plain English During your time at Law School, you will be forced (or at least required) to read many 'legal' materials, primarily judgments, legislation, journal articles and books.
While many of these materials will provide examples of clear, accurate and precise writing, unfortunately, many others will not. We are big fans of legal writing in plain language and we always try to draft in plain legal language. When it comes to legal documents (including agreements) the most important benefit of writing in plain language is probably that all the parties to the agreement (and not only the lawyers) actually understand all the terms and know what they have agreed.
In , the Legal Writing Institute, an international association of legal writing teachers and other writing experts, adopted this statement of support for plain language legal writing: The way lawyers write has been a source of complaint about lawyers for more than four centuries.
Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan Garner provides legal professionals sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. It teaches legal writers how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills.