Plain English for Lawyers
CPD Points 1
This course explores how lawyers can improve the effectiveness of their communications with clients, the court and opponents by using plain English.
Modern language is constantly evolving through daily use and technological advances. However, legal language has not kept pace with these changes. The language lawyers’ use is often overly formal or even archaic, reducing the effectiveness of communications with clients, opponents and courts.
This course discusses the benefits for lawyers in using plain English, and the key principles of plain English. Practical examples are provided of how plain English can improve the effectiveness of communications with clients, with other lawyers, and in drafting legal documents. The course also explores some of the limitations of using plain English in legal practice.
Last Reviewed: February 2022
What Lawyers Say
5.0/5Well Structured and Easy to FollowThis course makes us all rethink the way we have been traditionally trained to write as lawyers. Well structured, easy to follow and I retained the points being made - I particularly liked the quote from Justice Michael Kirby - how true!Suzanne Harmer, SolicitorPlain English for Lawyers This course explores how lawyers can improve the effectiveness of their communications with clients, the court and opponents by using plain English.LawCPD