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Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice
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Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice

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Published Feb 2012 (OUP)
ISBN: 9780199589890. Paperback, 328 pages.

Paul Rylance 

  • Combines the principles, rules, conventions and techniques applicable to legal writing and drafting in one accessible volume 
  • Structured sequentially from preparation to final edit but can also be used an 'at a glance' guide for common writing and drafting problems 
  • Includes easy-access features such as checklists of undesirable words and phrases 
  • Comprehensive guidance on the use of legal writing and email 
  • Features examples of good and bad practice throughout 

Writing and Drafting in Practice provides an up to date and comprehensive guide to writing and drafting - from the first stages of preparation to the final edit - for anyone starting out on a legal career. Unlike an English usage text or style guide or a specialised drafting or precedent book, Writing and Drafting in Practice condenses and combines the main principles, rules, techniques and conventions in one volume for newcomers to legal writing and drafting. 

It is designed to accompany readers from vocational study through to their qualification as solicitors, as well as throughout the early years of practice. Coverage of email and other electronic communications is included, as are a wide range of legal writing formats such as reports and memoranda. Featuring checklists and examples, it can also be used as a reference for suggested approaches to common problems. 

Readership: This includes students on the legal practice course (LPC), the Bar professional training course (BPTC), those on their training contract or pupillage, as well as lawyers in the early years of their career. It will also be highly useful to company secretaries, contract managers, paralegals, legal executives and legal secretaries. 

Paul Rylance, Legal training consultant 

Following seven years of practice at the bar and teaching law, Paul Rylance spent over seven years as Head of Education and Training with Slaughter and May, and SJ Berwin. During this time he became the first Chariman of the Legal Education and Training Group. In 1996 he became an Associate Dean in the Law faculty at UWE, and went on to form the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice. After some thirteen years at UWE, Paul now concentrates on his consultancy practice providing training and consultancy service to a number of City and other leading firms in the South West of England and elsewhere. 

Table of Contents

Part 1. Plain English and the General Principles of Legal Writing and Drafting 

1: Preparation 

2: Sentences and Paragraphs 

3: Punctuation 

4: Sentence Construction and Grammar 

5: Verbs 

6: Words and Phrases 

7: Avoid Redundant Words and Phrases 

8: Repetition and Elegant Variation 

9: Using the Right Words 

10: Checking your Documents 

Part 2. Letters, Emails and and Other Forms of Written Communication 

11: Preparation 

12: Form, Style and Layout Conventions 

13: Language, Tone, Politeness and Humanity 

14: Letters to Clients 

15: Letters to Third Parties 

16: Checking 

17: Email 

18: Email Policies 

19: Email Etiquette 

20: Email Writing 

21: Checking Emails 

22: Notes, Memoranda and Reports 

23: Checking

Part 3. Drafting 

24: Aims 

25: The Contents and Principal Clauses 

26: Preparation 

27: Layout Conventions and House Style 

28: The Choice of Words, Plain English and Legal Meaning 

29: Expressions Relating to Time 

30: Definitions 

31: Use of Imprecise Words and the Burden of Proof 

32: Standards of Obligation 

33: Sentences and Paragraphs 

34: Choice of Words 

35: Final Considerations

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