Plain English please!

“It is important to remember why our statutes should be framed in such a way as to be clearly comprehensible to those affected by them. It is an aspect of the Rule of Law. People who live under the Rule of Law are entitled to claim that the law should be intelligible. A society whose regulations are incomprehensible lives with the Rule of Lottery, not the Rule of Law”.

The Law is my Oyster

angry girl

“It is important to remember why our statutes should be framed in such a way as to be clearly comprehensible to those affected by them. It is an aspect of the Rule of Law. People who live under the Rule of Law are entitled to claim that the law should be intelligible. A society whose regulations are incomprehensible lives with the Rule of Lottery, not the Rule of Law”.

(Lord Simon of Glaisdale).

Why is it necessary for lawyers to speak gibberish? The official word for legal language is ‘legalese’, but gibberish is a more accurate description.

An elderly lady asked for my help recently. It turned out that her legal problem was a dispute with her landlord about his raising the rent, despite her understanding that the rent would not be increased until 2020. She had gone to a solicitor for a number of consultations and finally the solicitor…

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