Plain Language

Plain Language and Government Contracts

By Verity Checklist / April 1, 2019

Dealing with a tricky government contract you want to simplify? Government lawyers pushing back on your updates to their agreement? Whilst the preferred term is Plain Language (because it’s more inclusive)…the Office of Parliamentary Counsel’s Plain English Manual is filled with gems on explaining terms to clients, phrases to avoid with examples on clear writing,

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Ep08 Is it time lawyers lose the legalese?

By Verity Checklist / August 13, 2018

Is it time lawyers lose the legalese? Mindset: Fine tune document performance On this episode, we look at the SLAPP test. This test gives some key tactics we can use to improve the productivity of the contract document. We’ll cover: • Academic studies showing the effectiveness of visual contract elements • The picture superiority effect

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Ep07 SLAPP your contract into shape: The SLAPP test for productive contracts

By Verity Checklist / May 14, 2018

SLAPP your contract into productive shape Mindset: Fine tune document performance On this episode, we look at the SLAPP test. This test gives some key tactics we can use to improve the productivity of the contract document. We’ll cover: • Academic studies showing the effectiveness of visual contract elements • The picture superiority effect •

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Make Technology Your Teammate ACC Article 2017

Make technology your teammate: Legal tech skills you need to stay in the game

By Verity Checklist / January 29, 2018

With technology a key player in your legal team, you can deliver incredible value and legal service to your business whilst enriching your legal career and ensuring its longevity. This article originally appeared in The Australian Corporate Lawyer, Volume 28, Issue 4 (Summer 2017). This post has all the links to the sources and technologies mentioned in the article.

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Anthony McMahon, Glengarry Football Club (Photo Credit Laurinda May)

5 surprising things lawyers can learn from footy players

By Verity Checklist / January 9, 2017

If you’re anything like me, the end of the year means time to wind down, eat, drink and generally be merry. So it was with amazement I noticed football players of all shapes and sizes getting stuck into pre-season training in November. November?! I was surprised. Footy doesn’t start back for months. Until next year?!

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Speakers of Clarity Part Three (Credit: Verity White)

SPEAKERS OF CLARITY: PART THREE

By Verity Checklist / December 19, 2016

SELECTED OVERVIEW OF PRESENTERS FROM THE CLARITY 2016 CONFERENCE PART THREE I recently attended my first Plain Language conference – the Clarity International conference in Wellington NZ. Of course the speakers at the Clarity 2016 conference were the key drawcard and highlight. In this the third edition, I run through presentations from: Sarah McCoubrey, Calibrate Solutions Cushla Schofield, Senior legal

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