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Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9781107607675
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780521674522
Published: June 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.99

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Modern Legal Drafting, 3rd ed provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to drafting legal documents in effective, plain English.

Peter Butt, a leading expert in the field, has fully revised and updated the text for this new edition. It combines a practical focus with the legal principles that underpin the use of plain language in law. This dual practical and academic approach distinguishes it from other books in the field. It includes expanded material on the techniques for achieving a style that is both clear and legally sound.

It also includes new material on the challenges and merits of drafting in plain language, and provides many before-and-after examples to help both practising lawyers and students develop their skills. It takes an international approach, drawing upon case law and statutes from England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Drafting and Legal Writing
1. Introduction
2. What influences the legal drafter
3. How legal documents are interpreted
4. Some benefits of drafting in plain English
5. How to draft modern documents

Part I. Structure and Form
6. How to draft modern documents

Part II. Particular Issues for Legal Drafters
7. How to draft modern documents

Part 3: Words and phrases
8. Using the modern style.