English is the dominant language of international business relations, and a good working knowledge of the language is essential for today’s legal or business professional.

Legal English provides a highly practical approach to the use of English in commercial legal contexts, and covers crucial law terminology and legal concepts. Written with the needs of both students and practitioners in mind, this book is particularly suitable for readers whose first language is not English but need to use English on a regular basis in legal contexts.

The book covers both written and oral legal communication in typical legal situations in a straightforward manner. As well as including chapters on grammar and punctuation for legal writing, the book features sections on contract-drafting, language for negotiation, meetings and telephone conversations.

This edition contains additional troubleshooting tips for legal writing, guidance on good style, and new sections on writing law essays and applying for legal positions.

part 1|204 pages

Written English

chapter 1|10 pages

Introduction to legal English

chapter 2|24 pages

Grammar for legal writing

chapter 3|10 pages

Punctuation for legal writing

chapter 4|6 pages

Sentence structure

chapter 6|9 pages

Terminology and linguistic peculiarities

chapter 8|16 pages

What to avoid

chapter 9|10 pages

British and American English

chapter 10|7 pages

Contracts: structure and interpretation

chapter 11|22 pages

Contract clauses: types and specimen clauses

chapter 13|18 pages

Correspondence, memoranda and essays

chapter 14|7 pages

Applying for a legal position

chapter 15|16 pages

Self-study exercises

part 2|95 pages

Spoken English

chapter 16|10 pages

Aspects of spoken English

chapter 18|11 pages

Interviewing and advising

chapter 20|5 pages

Court advocacy

chapter 21|29 pages


chapter 22|7 pages

Chairing a formal meeting

chapter 23|13 pages

Making a presentation

chapter 24|7 pages


chapter |59 pages


chapter |6 pages

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