Modern Legal Drafting (2nd ed.)

A Guide to Using Clearer Language

by Peter Butt, Richard Castle

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 Detailed case studies illustrate how obtuse or outdated words, phrases and concepts can be rewritten, reworked or removed altogether.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

  • Cambridge University Press; October 2006
  • ISBN: 9780511346170
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Modern Legal Drafting
  • Author: Peter Butt; Richard Castle
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press