Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language

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Cambridge University Press, 23. 10. 2006
In the second edition of this highly regarded text, the authors show how and why traditional legal language has developed the peculiar characteristics that make legal documents inaccessible to the end users. Incorporating recent research and case law, the book provides a critical examination of case law and the rules of interpretation. Detailed case studies illustrate how obtuse or outdated words, phrases and concepts can be rewritten, reworked or removed altogether. Particularly useful is the step-by-step guide to drafting in the modern style, using examples from four types of common legal documents: leases, company constitutions, wills and conveyances. Readers will gain an appreciation of the historical influences on drafting practice and the use of legal terminology. They will learn about the current moves to reform legal language, and receive clear instruction on how to make their writing clearer and their legal documents more useful.
 

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What Influences the Legal Drafter
2
V
4
VI
6
VII
7
VIII
9
IX
15
Professional pressures
17
X
21
XXXVIII
142
XXXIX
144
Definitions
151
XL
153
XLII
154
XLIII
155
XLIV
160
How to Draft Modern Documents
163

XI
22
XII
23
XIII
31
What judges have said about traditional legal drafting
36
XIV
37
XV
39
XVI
40
XVII
47
XVIII
61
Modern restatement
62
XIX
64
XX
66
XXI
73
XXIII
76
XXIV
78
XXV
93
XXVI
99
XXVII
107
XXVIII
109
XXIX
112
Fewer errors
114
XXX
118
XXXI
119
XXXII
121
XXXIV
126
Overuse of shall
127
XXXV
128
XXXVI
131
Foreign words and phrases
137
Long sensebites
138
Legalese and jargon
140
XXXVII
141
Document structure
166
XLV
167
XLIX
170
L
172
LI
178
LII
181
Definitions
183
Tables plans and formulas
187
LIII
191
LIV
198
Handling generality and vagueness
199
LV
200
Syntactic ambiguity
203
Problems with and or
207
LVI
208
LVII
209
Drafting in the present tense
211
Standard forms
215
LVIII
216
Using the Modern Style
218
LIX
219
attestation clause
221
LX
222
LXII
224
buyers restrictive covenant
225
Conclusion
227
Further Reading
229
Index
231
LXIII
233
LXIV
235
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O autorovi (2006)

Peter Butt is a Professor of Law and founding director of the Centre for Plain Legal Language at the University of Sydney.

Richard Castle is a solicitor currently working in New Zealand.

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