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This book reveals how and why traditional legal language has developed some of the peculiar characteristics that sometimes make legal documents inaccessible to users. It examines recent reforms in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and provides a step-by-step guide to drafting in a modern style. Readers of the book will be able to make their writing clearer and their legal documents more useful to clients and colleagues.Read more
- Written by lawyers for lawyers
- Provides historical contextualisation and analysis of legal writing conventions
- Includes step-by-step guide to modern legal drafting
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"...[An] admirable monograph...The book is short enough to read on a train journey and entertaining enough to read on the beach." New Law Journal
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- Date Published: August 2001
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521001861
- length: 208 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.348kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus. 2 tables
- availability: Replaced by 9780521674522
Table of Contents
1. What influences the legal drafter?
2. How legal documents are interpreted
3. The move towards modern English in legal drafting
4. Some benefits of drafting in plain English
5. What to avoid when drafting modern documents
6. How to draft modern documents
7. Using the modern style.
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