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Modern Legal Drafting By Peter Butt

Modern Legal Drafting

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Traditional legal language has some peculiar characteristics that sometimes make legal documents inaccessible to the end users. This book includes a step-by-step guide to drafting in the modern style, using four types of common legal documents: leases, company constitutions, wills and conveyances.

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Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language by Peter Butt

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 Detailed case studies illustrate how obtuse or outdated words, phrases and concepts can be rewritten, reworked or removed altogether.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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About Peter Butt


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.

Table of Contents


Introduction; 1. What influences the legal drafter; 2. How legal documents are interpreted; 3. The move towards Modern English in legal drafting; 4. Some benefits of drafting in plain English; 5. What to avoid when drafting modern documents; 6. How to draft modern documents; 7. Using the modern style; Further reading.

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GOR002742991
Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language by Peter Butt
Peter Butt
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2006-10-23
272
0521674522
9780521674522
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