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About the Event

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.


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.


Cancellation Policy:

Registrations can be cancelled up to 5 working days before the date of the CPD activity, upon which a refund will be made less an administration fee. No refunds will be made after that time. However, you may nominate someone else to take your place. For any cancellations or substitutions, please email cpd@adls.org.nz

When and Where

  • 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM, 14 Oct 20
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  • ADLS, Chancery Chambers, 2-8 Chancery Street, Auckland City, New Zealand

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