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Legal Skills

Legal Skills (9th edn)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski
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date: 19 June 2024

p. 51221. Drafting skillslocked

p. 51221. Drafting skillslocked

  • Emily Finch
  •  and Stefan Fafinski


This chapter introduces drafting skills. It explains the differences between legal drafting and legal writing. Using a statement of case as an example of a document with a specific legal purpose, the chapter develops the skills of writing in concise, plain, and contemporary language, maintaining formality or legal accuracy and structuring a clear and logical draft which complies with the key parts of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998. It concludes with a worked example of improving the first draft of a set of particulars of claim.

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