The idea that lawyers can - and should - write in plain language is not new.
There have always been plain language lawyers. There just arenaEURO (TM)t enough of them. The plain language movement in Australia has been with us for decades.
Plain language has been taught in law schools in Australia for almost 20 years.
But still too many lawyers donaEURO (TM)t write in language that clients, and other readers, can understand.
Plain Language for Lawyers can help. Over the 18 years it has been in print and it has established itself in Australia and overseas as a comprehensive, entertaining and enormously useful text.
It includes international references, contains practical advice, and can be read and enjoyed by anyone who is interested in plain language in the law.
The 4th edition has been completely revised and updated.
All cases, legislation and text references have been updated to 2009 Recent international developments in plain language are included Chapter 12, on the principles of legal interpretation, has been completely rewritten to cover the latest case law Chapter 13, the plain language vocabulary, has been extended Chapter 14, on email and the internet, has been updated, and includes the latest on defamation law Chapter 15 and 16, which cover document design for both print and the computer screen, have both been revised to include the latest research findings on typography, and the way we read and comprehend on-line material The global financial crisis has shown how complex legal and financial documents can conceal dangers for readers who donaEURO (TM)t understand the legal risks of modern financial products.
Now, more than ever, it is time for Plain Language for Lawyers.