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Writing modern legal English

A one-day seminar on recent and siginificant changes in the style of modern legal English.

Improve your legal English

Users of written legal English have split into two camps: old style and new style.

Old style is the legal English used by our grandfathers: noun- heavy, written in the passive voice, with lots of legal jargon.

New Style is short, sharp, punchy and aggressive, the style of Hemingway and Orwell. 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, David Daly and Kenneth Adams.

Target audience

People who work with written legal English on a daily basis.

Course objectives

By the end of the course you will

  • Write in a clear, new style used by professionals in the modern legal English world
  • Have a healthy disrespect for the archaic legal language

Course content

  • Orwell’s six rules for writing and the KISS rule
  • Recognizing and eliminating tired old legal clichés
  • Writing in the active voice
  • Using as few words as possible
  • Recognising archaic words and legal jargon
  • Replacing unnecessarily long words with normal words
  • Using verbs instead of nouns to bring dynamism in your writing

Course methodology

The course covers a wide range of activities such as discussions, exercises, rewrites, tips on etiquettes and stock phrases, and examples of modern business style and modern phrases. This course is specifically designed to address the needs of employees who use legal English on a daily basis.


Kevin Harris
Kevin Harris, is a qualified lawyer and has practised as a litigator in a London solicitor's office for 12 years. In 1996, he retrained as an English language teacher, and moved to Sweden where he founded his own language training company helping Scandinavians to speak better business and legal English.

For the last 16 years, he has taught legal English for many Scandinavian law firms and for all three Scandinavian bar associations.

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