Plain legal language has become a very important topic. Our current reality is complex law – too many complex laws and legal documents that are virtually impossible to understand. To be blunt – many lawyers and in-house legal advisors can’t write. But it is not their fault. They are the product of a legal system that taught them to draft in legalese. We went through the same system and had to find our own way from legalese to plain language. We can help people to change their mindset, understand why plain legal language is so important and get bitten by the plain language bug. Once bitten there is no going back.
We offer a seminar, webinar, workshop, or executive briefing on this topic presented by an expert with practical experience.
What do we cover?
- Our journey from legal jargon to clear communications
- Moving from Complex Law to Simple Law
- The risks to avoid and the benefits of plain language
- An overview of the laws that require plain language, including consumer protection laws and the definition of plain language
- Some quick wins and specific considerations for legal documents
- The role of style guides and glossaries
- Take home points and action items
- Understand how the plain language movement impacts your organisation
- Be aware of plain language in a legal context
- Break down barriers you may have towards using plain language
- Get answers to your questions
- Get bitten by the plain language bug
This will not help you to actually write in plain legal language. We offer another workshop to achieve that outcome.
We will provide attendees with:
- a copy of our Quick Guide to Plain Language Law
- a link to an electronic copy of our presentation.
Who should attend? Why?
- Legal advisors (corporate lawyers or in-house lawyers) – to understand plain legal language
- Compliance officers – to effectively comply with plain language laws
- Managers – to manage the documentation regards their products or business
- CAEs, auditors and assurance providers (internal and external) – to audit and provide assurance regards plain language
- CROs and Risk Managers – to manage risks regards complicated language
The workshop is not suitable for consumers.
If you’d like to attend a public webinar on this topic, send us an email asking us to set a date. All you need is a good Internet connection.
One delegate costs R1,250 (excluding vat). Two or more qualifies for a 10% discount. We aim to give practical insights that you can use to be effective. We do not give law lectures! We will refund you, if you do not think you received value.
We also offer in-house Legal Language: Plain and Simple Workshop. Please contact us to find out more.
We also offer this in the form of an executive briefing. Executives must have a high-level understanding of plain language and how it will affect their organisation. They must lead the development of successful compliance programs or projects and be able to explain them to boards of directors, investors, business partners and the general public. The briefing will help executives leverage their compliance efforts into positive public relations and business benefit. It is a shortened version of this workshop and includes an executive checklist – the essentials for effective compliance leadership.
Who is the presenter?
A practical attorney from Michalsons. We will ensure the attorney is the best person to present the course depending on the type of course, the date, the specific issues and the attendees. For example, John Giles sometimes presents on this topic. The plain language bug bit John early and since then he has been obsessed with trying to make all documents plain and simple. Both because he sees the benefits that organisations have enjoyed, but also because the law requires it. He has fifteen years of experience as a commercial attorney drafting complex legal documents in plain language. He has audited many documents and converted many documents to plain language. He has been part of an international plain language project for a multi-national vendor. He regularly writes on the subject. He is especially proud that the King committee decided to use his plain language version of the alternative dispute resolution clause that he suggested.
How long is it?
We provide this course in different formats. Public and private sessions can last for anything from 45 minutes, half a day or a full day. We also provide eCourses that can be done via the Internet at your convenience. We welcome enquiries for more information and details.
We are happy to hold the event at your venue. If you want a personal in-house session at your offices, please contact us for a quote.