The rule for simplicity (read more) is accuracy, brevity and clarity as neatly espoused by Joseph Pulitzer: Put it to them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by ...
Simplicity means is best described using this definition of plain language “A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.” (source the international plain language ...
‘Can you turn a simple agreement into impenetrable gibberish’ Dilbert asks his lawyer. The lawyer agrees and also states he can leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. This cartoon illustrates a lawyer’s barely disguised rant about the reasons cited by clients wanting simple contracts. Although I write ...
Do you ever stop to think about the length of your T&C? I was astonished to find that some of the standard forms used in the UK construction industry were very long: Given that 'Brave New World' is only 65,000 words and takes some getting through, surely we should be aiming for ...
Many contracts 'try to take account of all eventualities that can be foreseen' - this means they are comprehensive. What are the advantages of these, often lengthy, contracts? Some of these are set out in a 10-point blog by DLH Solicitors. I want to respond ...
I hate to make assumptions or to speculate wildly, but … I have a sneaking suspicion that you don’t always understand your contracts. My Hunch? When I wrote this blog in 2013, my evidence was largely anecdotal. It came from: The Expert Although I’m rarely in total agreement with Tony Bingham, a columnist in ...