MODERN LEGAL DRAFTING
A Guide to Using Clearer LanguageSecond Edition
Inthesecondeditionofthishighlyregardedtext,theauthorsshowhowandwhytraditionallegallanguagehasdevelopedthepeculiarcharacteristicsthatmake legal documents inaccessible to the end users. Incorporating recentresearch and international examples, the book provides a critical examina-tion of case law and the rules of interpretation. Detailed case studies illus-tratehowobscureoroutdatedwords,phrasesandconceptscanberewritten,reworked or removed altogether – without compromising legal exactitude.Inemphasisingthebeneﬁtsofplainlanguagedrafting,thefocusisonclarity and accessibility. Particularly useful is the step-by-step guide to drafting inthemodernstyle,usingpracticalexamplesfromfourtypesofcommonlegaldocuments: leases, company constitutions, wills and conveyances.Readers will gain an appreciation of the historical inﬂuences on draftingpractice and the use of legal terminology. They will learn about the currentmoves to reform legal language; and they will receive clear instruction onhow to make their writing clearer and their legal documents more useful toclients and colleagues.
Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language
will beneﬁtlawyers, law students, legislative drafters, and all who work in law-relatedﬁelds.
is Professor of Law and founding director of the Centre forPlain Language at the University of Sydney.
is a former solicitor, currently working in New Zealand.