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We are International experts on drafting legal documents in plain language or in plain English. We especially focus on the legal aspects of this.

We help people comply with laws that require plain language; manage the risks associated with legal documents; draft well-written legislation and other legal documents, and communicate clearly with their readers.

We do this by hosting workshops that train internal legal advisors on the principals of plain language law. We develop style guides to accommodate this new way of drafting. Among other things we host workshops that are designed to allay the concerns of colleagues who have not yet bought into this way of drafting in a legal context. Let us know how we can assist you.

We draft all our documents, guides and contracts in plain legal language and can quote to assist you to convert existing policies and contracts into plain language.

You can read our advice, or about the products or services we offer related to this focus area here or read on to enjoy our insights below,

Living Wills

Living wills are documents that state the health treatment you want to receive once you are unable to tell doctors what you want. The idea behind living wills is that they ensure that your views are clear for doctors and [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Plain Language, Uncategorised|Tags: , |

Drafting and Interpretation of Statutes – Plain Language and Postmodernism

The drafting and interpretation of statutes is important because without them there would be no common understanding of what the rules are. South Africans are proud of having a democratic constitution. It is a legal guideline for right and wrong [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , |

Statutes Must be in Multiple Languages

Last month the Supreme Court of Appeal held in Lourens v Speaker of the National Assembly of Parliament (20827/2014) [2016] ZASCA 11 (10 March 2016) that Statutes do not need to be translated into all 11 official languages. However, it [...]

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: Plain Language|

We need Simple Law!

I believe we need Simple Law in all countries, but especially South Africa. We need a few laws in plain language that people understand and know, and then comply with. Complex Law is the current reality We currently have too [...]

By | November 26th, 2015|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: |

Complex Law is the Current Reality

We currently have too much complex law resulting in people not knowing or complying with the law. For South Africa, take a look at Acts Online  – see how many laws there are. Those are just some of our laws. [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Plain Language|

The Case for Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns have become a cornerstone of plain language drafting. It has become accepted worldwide that it is better to use personal pronouns for consumer contracts. But what about contracts between businesses? We believe that they can help make these [...]

By | August 28th, 2015|Categories: Plain Language|

Legal Documents in Plain Language

All legal documents should be in plain language. We all enter into agreements regularly, whether it is a negotiated agreement or a retailer's standard terms and conditions. Most of the time, people do not understand many (or even most) of [...]

By | May 10th, 2015|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , |

The Benefits of Plain Legal Language

We believe we need SimpleLaw and plain legal language is a large part of that. We have to change horrible documents into beautiful documents in plain legal language. We can help you to use plain language in your organization. What are [...]

By | October 13th, 2014|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , , |

Plain Legal Documents – some quick wins

When converting legal documents into plain language (or plain legal documents) there are some quick wins - some easy changes that you can make that make a big difference.  Converting a legal document into plain language takes time, but these [...]

By | October 13th, 2014|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , |

Why YOU need to use Plain English

Plain English is the future. But some people still question whether to use plain English for legal documents. We weigh up the risks of using plain English vs the risks of not using plain English and come to the conclusion [...]

By | October 13th, 2014|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: |