Lawyers deny client reactions to legal language

The Legal Ombudsman commissioned research into the impact of lawyers’ language in complaint handling and in its own communications. Interviews with 15 individuals and 4 groups suggested that dissatisfied clients take their lawyers’ jargon as an attack, intended to...

Interpreting “devise” and “bequeath”

In the past, wills would “devise” land and “bequeath” personal property. This distinction could cause trouble if someone unaware of it used the words incorrectly, or wordiness if they used both unnecessarily. The word “give” does not raise these difficulties. The Law...

Writing a clear prospectus

A prospectus must be “easily analysable and comprehensible”: Prospectus Directive, Article 5.1. The Financial Conduct Authority has issued guidance on how to achieve this when drawing up a prospectus for a non-equity bond, for retail investors. The 3-page...
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