Wed 12 February | 2:00PM - 4:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


Legal writing is the “bread and butter” of a lawyer’s practice. Writing well is harder than it looks, though.  For years, we've been told that we should "write like Katherine Mansfield". But how?

This workshop will introduce you to three simple hacks to improve your written work: writing concretely; writing actively; and writing less. It builds on the work of linguistic experts, notably Helen Sword and Steven Pinker. 

But never fear: the words "subordinate clause" will not feature. We’ll also deploy a fourth tool – “point-first advocacy” – to structure arguments for maximum impact. This learn-by-doing workshop will help you achieve writing excellence.

Please note that there are limited spaces available.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn the hallmarks of crisp legal writing – concrete, active, brief.
  • Understand the common traps that frustrate clear writing.
  • Practice editing to write well.
  • Develop your skills in “point-first” advocacy.

Who should attend?

All lawyers, but especially those who draft submissions, opinions, or articles.

Session at capacity, enter you name in the box below to be added to the waitlist

Andrea Ewing
Crown Counsel
Crown Law Office (Criminal Team)

Andrea Ewing is a Crown counsel in Crown Law's Criminal team, based in the Auckland office.  She has taught legal writing and analysis at a Cambodian university (by night, while investigating international crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge by day), and has also lectured in advanced criminal law (Victoria University, University of Auckland).  

She has authored several published articles on both international and domestic criminal law.  Her interest in writing goes beyond the legal; Andrea is also a published poet, and the author of a growing collection of short stories