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Clarity for Lawyers, 3rd edition


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20 October 2017


Law Society Publishing


9781784460488


Paperback
234 x 156 mm
304 pages

Clarity for Lawyers, 3rd edition

Mark Adler and Daphne Perry

Overview

Increase your efficiency, profits and client approval through the use of clear, modern English.

This unique book debunks the myth that legalese is precise. It explains, with many before-and-after examples from legal practice, legislation and case law, how you can increase your efficiency, profits and client approval, while making your documents more readable and reliable.

This new edition reflects changes in legislation, case law, and practice. It also includes a new writing workshop and new chapters on:

  • What is good writing?
  • How software and testing can imporve your documents
  • The many ways that misunderstandings arise.

With a foreword by Lord Neuberger, this practical book also contains useful precedents written in plain English to help you work better with clients and avoid potentially costly misunderstandings.


Contents

Part A: What's wrong with traditional legal writing?
Part B: What is good writing?
Part C: How to make legal writing more effective
Part D: How misunderstandings arise
Part E: A specimen workshop on plain legal writing
Appendices:
A. Analysis of examples
B. Precedents.

About the Authors

Mark Adler is a solicitor who took over his firm in 1980 and soon adopted a “plain language” policy. He served on the committee of Clarity, the international association for plain legal language, from 1984 until 2010, chaired it for 9 years and edited its journal. Now retired, Mark continues his work in the field, for which he has won a PLAIN International Award.

Daphne Perry was a barrister until 1997, when Chambers & Partners ranked her in the top 20 London juniors for commercial work. She then worked for 12 years in an international law firm based in London. Daphne now works as a consultant, writer and trainer and is Clarity's international secretary.


“''The book is engagingly written and well structured. Many parts of the book can be read through almost as much for pleasure as for instruction, as they can be regarded as a collection of anecdotes or cautionary tales. That is because the authors very sensibly realise that by far the best way to make their point is by way of examples. Finally, I would venture to suggest that anyone who is engaged in communication, whether in writing or by word of mouth, could profit from reading this book.'' Lord Neuberger