Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice

Paperback | March 2, 2012

byPaul Rylance

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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 precedentbook, 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 asthroughout 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.

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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 precedentbook, Writing and Drafting in Practice condense...

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 t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199589895

ISBN - 13:9780199589890

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Part 1. Plain English and the General Principles of Legal Writing and Drafting1. Preparation2. Sentences and Paragraphs3. Punctuation4. Sentence Construction and Grammar5. Verbs6. Words and Phrases7. Avoid Redundant Words and Phrases8. Repetition and Elegant Variation9. Using the Right Words10. Checking your DocumentsPart 2. Letters, Emails and and Other Forms of Written Communication11. Preparation12. Form, Style and Layout Conventions13. Language, Tone, Politeness and Humanity14. Letters to Clients15. Letters to Third Parties16. Checking17. Email18. Email Policies19. Email Etiquette20. Email Writing21. Checking Emails22. Notes, Memoranda and Reports23. CheckingPart 3. Drafting24. Aims25. The Contents and Principal Clauses26. Preparation27. Layout Conventions and House Style28. The Choice of Words, Plain English and Legal Meaning29. Expressions Relating to Time30. Definitions31. Use of Imprecise Words and the Burden of Proof32. Standards of Obligation33. Sentences and Paragraphs34. Choice of Words35. Final Considerations