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...

Template agreements: edit with care

In 1999 I asked 35 lawyers to name the biggest pitfall in contract drafting. The most common answer was the unthinking use of templates and previous documents, not adapted to the deal. Or, as one lawyer put it, “Slavish following of precedents, inability to...

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...
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