Tag: effective writing

Process of Writing a Readable Contract

Now you are convinced of the benefits of readable contracts [read more], this post describes a process for writing those contracts with ideas from ‘The Art of Readable Writing’ (1949) by Rudolph Flesch. Effective Writing It is common ground that the [contract] in this case would win no drafting prizes

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Contracts Win Prizes for Clarity

Contracts win prizes, although not in this case… It is common ground that the Deed of Variation in this case would win no drafting prizes for precision or clarity. It included errors … which are acknowledged by both sides, and it also struggled to convey the essential agreement reached between

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Thinking Time

Every professional writer knows that [a] period of just-sitting-and-thinking between legwork and outline is the most important part of the whole writing process Rudolph Flesch, Art of Readable Writing As busy professionals we rarely have time to stop and think. But using your subconscious to create order from the wealth

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Delete Stilted Writing

It is time to banish stilted language from your (legal) writing. It serves no-one, especially not your client. If you need more persuading, read these words of wisdom from commentators, experts and judges: In legal writing, jargon consists mostly of stilted words and phrases — blemishes, not graces — such

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The Dotted Line: 5 tips for killer contracts

Now you know what NOT to do in 2017, I want to help you replace your bad contract habits with good contract habits. Here are five tips to create killer contracts in 2017. Read it here » If you’d like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox

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Improve Your Contract Writing Skills

Everyone prefers plain language – your clients expect and want it from their advisers, their business partners, their regulatory authorities and also from their lawyers. But the skills to write plainly are uncommon, and the tools and techniques need to be learnt and practiced (and bad habits erased). Bad Habits

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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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