Month: May 2015

Why Improve Your Legal Writing?

“To be clear is to be efficient; to be obscure is to be inefficient. Your style . . . is to be judged not by literary conventions or grammatical niceties but by whether it carries out efficiently the job you are paid to do.” As the author of the 500

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NEC3 Digested and Condensed

Many people choose a construction contract not for its cost, nor for its fine words, but for their familiarity with the terms and conditions. Although one of the shorter standard forms, what if we could condense NEC… what should it say? No précis of NEC3 could omit its principal feature:

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Your Contract Style

There isn’t one way to draft a contract or legal document, whatever you may have been told. These tips will help you create a better contract. Any Format In England/Wales, there is no specific format or style or content for most contracts. It doesn’t even have to be written down.

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Must You Write Must?

One of the wonders of English is the rich nuances our language permits. That richness, combined with modern usage – whether legal or otherwise – also creates confusion. A major issue for drafters and interpreters of legal documents is the use and abuse of mandatory and permissive verbs. Mandatory verbs

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