California law firms graded on drafting

Clerk is software designed to analyse briefs, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and grade their chances of success. According to Clerk, a plaintiff should avoid citing a case in which the defendant won. And, obviously, an advocate should ensure quotations are...

Judge annoyed, writer embarrassed

Mr Justice Holgate has published a judgment spelling out the effect on the judge of long and confused written arguments. He focused on the extra time the judge must spend on pre-reading, hearing the case, and writing the judgment. The impact on the writer appears...

Use more images in court documents

Mr Justice Carr has suggested various ways to shorten trials about registered designs. Instead of requesting written details, parties should “produce images at an early stage to show the differences or similarities upon which they rely, and in the case of the...

Value of catch-all wording

When bringing a claim, you have to tell the decision-maker what you want. Lawyers often finish this off with a standard phrase such as “such other relief as [the decision-maker] thinks proper”. If this adds anything to the claim, it may increase the claim fee. So,...
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