At your desk or on your portable device

The ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and accurately is a core skill of any legal practitioner. Recent legislative developments also require the use of plain English, with a drive towards contractual transparency. Now, more than ever, lawyers need to understand what plain English is and how to write it.  

This On Demand webinar distils some key principles of plain English into a digestible one-hour session, complete with examples and exercises, which you can complete in your own time. You will acquire some useful strategies to improve your writing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance your written style with KISSS: Keep It Short, Simple, Straightforward.
  • Learn what common grammatical errors can undermine your message.
  • Become familiar with a range of words and phrases better avoided.

Who should view?

All lawyers who wish to enhance or refresh their writing style.

Feedback from the live event

"This was an excellent presentation. The simple suggestions will be very useful."

"This was a useful session. It contained many practical reminders for me (and I consider myself an 'old hand')."

"I have been attending seminars for twenty years. I find the one hour webinars to be the best format. They are long enough to be informative, but not so long that my attention wanders. Participating in my office is also brilliant."

Watch On Demand

To view the On Demand full version below, please use your password provided on purchase. 

- file size ~415MB
- appropriate for broadband connections
- also compatible with smartphones and tablets

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Note that, purchases of On Demand items will be processed during normal business hours. This process includes sending you a password via email to enable you to access the full version.


Dr Bronwen Innes
Linguist, plain language consultant, expert witness, editor

Bronwen is a highly experienced linguist who specialises in legal language. She currently lectures in linguistics at the University of Auckland and is completing research into the language of judges’ summings up for juries and the comprehensibility of Bill of Rights Act 1990 information.  Bronwen has also appeared as an expert witness in a number of cases and regularly provides training to lawyers on how to write plain English.