Clarity for Lawyers

Clarity for Lawyers : Effective Legal Writing

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The traditional style of legal drafting has been widely discredited over the last 40 years, and clear, modern English is now increasingly required by law and by clients. But few lawyers are able to produce it. Mark Adler debunks the myth that legalese is precise and explains, with many before-and-after examples, how lawyers can increase their efficiency, profits, and client approval while making their documents more reliable. This second edition has been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded to include new sections on ambiguity, vagueness, miscuing, and editing, as well as advice about communication via emails and websites, persuasive writing, and the rules of interpretation. The book also contains a helpful range of precedents written in plain English, including a simple will, memorandum of association and divorce petition.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • The Law Society
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 185328985X
  • 9781853289859
  • 239,537

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'All lawyers need this book ... if only to give our clients confidence in us and the legal profession generally! Adler shows us what to do to erase the gobbledegook, and he gets full marks for it. Thank you for an excellent contribution to the study of twenty-first century English language, and let's make this work a set book for all students in the future.' The Barrister 'Clarity for Lawyers is a practical book, written for lawyers by a lawyer. As you would expect, it's well written and easy to understand. As you might not expect, it's also entertaining. (More than once I was caught laughing out loud while reading it.) I think it will appeal to practising lawyers of all backgrounds and experience levels.' Clarity

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About Mark Adler

Mark Adler is a solicitor in general practice but also teaches plain legal writing in the UK and overseas and acts as a plain drafting consultant to lawyers and others. For many years he was chairman of Clarity, the lawyers' movement for plain legal language, and he edited its journal from 1987 to 2000.

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