In brief: Get your words right, says campaign head

Lawyers are doing clients a disservice by using archaic, poorly punctuated and abstruse language. This was the message spelt out by the Plain English Campaign at its fringe meeting at the Solicitors Annual Conference last Friday. Campaign founder Chrissie Maher said: “Even today many lawyers are still unsure of what plain English means. They wrongly fear that our approach to drafting law texts and writing to clients may result in a lack of legal precision or that plain English only means getting rid of archaic legalese. We have been able to prove time and time again that the plain English approach offers practical solutions to the problems created by traditional-style drafting.”