The letters of the law
How clear writing keeps you out of court
It’s your job to sweat the details. And we get it: it can be hard to keep your writing simple when your subject is complex. Whether you’re crafting legal terms and conditions, compliance, procurement or HR policies, there’s a lot that needs to be said.
But then, readers have been unhappy with legal writing for quite a while. Back in the sixteenth century, King Edward VI said, ‘I wish that the superfluous and tedious statutes were brought into one sum together, and made more plain and short.’
We’re taking up Ed’s mantle to make the case for change. Because we think it’s possible and we’d like to show you how. In fact, we believe that clear writing sets clear expectations for everyone. And when expectations are clear, everyone wins.
Who’s it for?
You probably work in legal, risk, or compliance. And you’re the one responsible for keeping the company out of the newspaper, out of court, and off the regulators’ short list. You have to be precise and comprehensive, because you know that words can be misinterpreted. You’re used to being the scapegoat when marketing and customer service complain about all the small print. At the same time, you know that legal writing can be more clear, concise, and helpful.
What’s it about?
Who reads the fine print? More people than you’d think. And by making your writing more accessible, you can help your readers while also reducing risk for your company.
In this one-day session we’ll look at the way business language is evolving, and how you can adapt your Ts & Cs, contracts and other small print without losing their meaning. From small suggestions to larger themes, we’ll give you practical tools – so you can get the job done and, maybe, hear the word ‘Thanks’.
What will I get out of it?
At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- adjust the tone of your writing without losing the content
- spot the different types of readers, and balance their needs
- be clear without ‘dumbing down’ your work
- structure your small print to make it easier to read
- turn legal documents into tools that are consistent with your company’s brand.
How long is it?
How do I book?
If you’d like us to run a workshop for your team, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call in the UK on +44 (0) 20 7940 7540, or call us in the US on + 1 646 517 2988. It costs £2,500 in the UK and $4000 in the US. We highly recommend workshops of no more than 12 people.