Writing Modern Legal English

Would you like to improve your legal English? This seminar will help you adapt to the new and significant changes in the style of modern legal English.

6 ikke-juridiske timer

Konferansesenteret Høyres Hus, Stortingsgata 20, OSLO

12.11.2019 09.30 - 16.15

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Writing Modern Legal English

‘‘Too many lawyers believe that it is essential to legal English that one write as pompously as possible, using words and phrases that have long since disappeared from normal English discourse.’’ Hon. Antonin Scalia U.S. Supreme Court.

A one-day seminar meant to help Norwegian lawyers adapt to the new and significant changes in the style of modern legal English.

Users of legal English have split into two camps over recent years; old style and new style. Old style is the legal English used by our Grandfathers: noun-heavy, lots of legal jargon and written in the passive voice. Old style is condemned by all legal writing experts. “Unbearably, maddeningly, mind-numbingly pompous.” says Mark Fisher of the BBC.

New style is defined as English as written in the modern commercial world. New style is supported by the English speaking judiciary, all the bar associations of the English speaking nations, associations whose purpose is to introduce clarity in legal writing, and influential legal writing experts such as Bryan Garner and Kenneth Adams.