See how the active voice wins you your case

Today, I read a lawyer’s factum. By the third paragraph, I stopped reading it and started to count the sentences written in passive voice. Like the kids in the classroom tallying the number of times the teacher performs a nervous tic, my brain switched off and looked for something else to do.  The writing style… Read More

Get your job application “proofed”

Lawyers are lousy at marketing themselves to other lawyers.  Just put out an ad for hiring a new lawyer and the proof of this statement, in the form of badly written applications, will come streaming in. This week, I read a job application from an LL.B. graduate from England and Wales. It started “Hello,”  Out… Read More