Plain English Drafting: Unlocking the Power of Effective Legal Communication

In the legal profession, the ability to communicate effectively is key to your success. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and ensure your clients are not just happy but well-informed. Join us for a transformative program led by a renowned expert in legal drafting, where you'll learn how to elevate your writing skills and leave drafting mishaps behind. Don't miss this opportunity to consolidate your foundations and excel in the practice of law. WEB243N53Z

Wednesday, 27 March 2024
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Attend and earn 2 CPD units in Professional Skills
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

2.00pm to 4.00pm Plain English Drafting: Unlocking the Power of Effective Legal Communication

In this unique, in-depth and interactive session, together with Bob Milstein you will explore:

  • Plain English in legal writing: what it is and what it isn’t
  • Why plain English writing matters for you and your firm: the voice of the firm’s brand, and the voice of your own brand as a professional
  • Advisory writing versus transactional writing: the differences – and the similarities
  • Reflecting on audience and purpose: an interactive exercise
  • The issue of tone, and how to achieve it
  • The myth of the professional, legal writing voice
  • The special challenges of email
  • What's new in the world of legal writing: the world's first's International Plain English Standard, and the promise (and threat?) of generative AI
  • Tips, traps, techniques and guidelines aimed to help the lawyer get their reader through the document as painlessly as possible, and in a way that reflects well on the author, and where it’s an external communication, on the firm/the organisation

 Presented by Bob Milstein, Principal, Milstein and Associates; Principal, Words and Beyond

Testimonials

Testimonials from Bob’s Prior Training Sessions:

“One of the most interesting seminars I have done in a long time.”
"Great seminar, thank you! Interactive and engaging - brought the fun and reality into legal drafting”
“Concise, witty and insightful”

Presenters


Mr Bob Milstein, Principal, Words & Beyond
223V11 Bob is a practicing health lawyer, with a background in medical negligence litigation. He is also involved in a business that provides training on clear writing/plain English writing. With a background in professional medical negligence litigation, Bob has long been aware that clear communication — or its absence — often lies at the heart of legal disputes. This awareness triggered his original interest in plain legal communication. His involvement in open disclosure goes back many years, to when he was the primary author of the legal review that underpinned and informed the creation of the original National Open Disclosure Standard (as it was then known). UPDATED PROFILE Bob is a practicing health lawyer, with a background in medical negligence litigation. These days, he also is involved in a business that provides training on clear writing/plain English writing. With a background in professional medical negligence litigation, Bob has long been aware that clear communication — or its absence — often lies at the heart of legal disputes. This awareness triggered his original interest in plain legal communication. Bob’s involvement in open disclosure goes back many years, to when he was the primary author of the legal review that underpinned and informed the creation of the original National Open Disclosure Standard (as it was then known) . MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE PROFILE Bob Milstein is an experienced medical negligence solicitor, having practised almost exclusively in that area for well over two decades. He was the chief author of the legal review that preceded — and informed – the rollout of the original Open Disclosure Standard (as it was then called). He now divides his professional time between his health law practice and a plain language/clear writing training business. PLAIN LANGUAGE PROFILE Bob is a practising lawyer, specialising in health law. His interest in health law — and in particular health care liability litigation — initially sparked his interest in the importance of clear and reader-focused communications. Bob has been running clear writing/plain English training through Words and Beyond for more than 15 years, and in that time has provided a range of training services to law firms, regulators, government, business, insurers, tribunals and researchers.

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Plain English Drafting: Unlocking the Power of Effective Legal Communication

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Single Session
Wednesday, 27 March 2024
2.00pm to 4.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 2
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$305.00
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