Introduction to legal writing

Legal writing is something which has developed over hundreds of years. It contains specific features that do not appear in other forms of writing which often makes it difficult for non lay persons to understand. These characteristics can also make it very difficult for non native lawyers, especially as the grammatical formation and vocabulary can vary depending on the writer and and what is being written. There have been attempts to establish a more modern form of legal writing in terms of correspondence, which will be covered in the Legal writing and reading course, but some individuals do appear to be stuck in the past and refuse to update their writing style. Legal agreements are now starting to alter in their written form, depending on whom the agreement is aimed at. The one area that seems to be unchanged however are Acts of Parliament and case law.