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Effective Legal & Business Writing Masterclass

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EVENT DATE

20th Nov 2019

LOCATION

Brisbane

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Overview

Effective legal and business writing is a critical foundational skill for anyone in professional services, in particular those who regularly deal with legal matters.  That could be reviewing contracts, drafting policies or instructing lawyers on matters.  Clients, superiors and stakeholders increasingly expect to be provided with information which is clear, concise and actionable.  It is a valid expectation; especially where it is a time-pressed client paying for your assistance! Effective writing also prevents business inefficiencies which arise from unclear messages, reduces complaints and may assist the writer if they ever have to justify their past decisions to a third party e.g. a regulator.  Strong writing skills also assist in developing the writer’s critical thinking on a topic.  The benefits of effective written communication are innumerable.  And yet, it is often neglected to the writer’s detriment notwithstanding they may be someone who commonly deals with complicated and time-pressured legal and business matters. Perhaps more than for any other skill, time taken by non-lawyers to improve their legal and business writing skills is an investment that will pay dividends throughout their entire career.  It is one that will set them apart and promote them on the road to achieving greater success in their professional career.  This masterclass may be the first step in achieving that success.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this one day masterclass you will have a better understanding of:

  • The fundamentals of effective legal & business writing
  • Recognising and understanding common legal documents
  • How to effectively use legal templates and layout guidelines
  • Where to find helpful information
  • Practical steps you can take to enhance your writing
  • Different legal & professional expectations
  • Dealing with lawyers
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Featuring Our Speakers

Rob Tooth

Senior Associate

King & Wood Mallesons

Robert was admitted to practice as a solicitor in both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High   Court of Australia in January 2013.  He is a Senior Associate in the area of Dispute Resolution at international law firm, King & Wood Mallesons. Prior to commencing work at King & Wood Mallesons, Robert was an Associate at leading Brisbane litigation firm, Tucker & Cowen Solicitors. Since his admission, Robert has predominantly practiced in general commercial litigation, building and construction dispute resolution, trade practices, regulatory, banking, civil prosecutions, insurance and insolvency.  Presently, his area of focus is tortious class actions. A strong advocate and commercial thinker, Robert has established a reputation in the Brisbane and National markets as a results-focused “go to” litigator to resolve long-running and hard-fought disputes.   Robert manages and works on a wide variety of complex litigious matters. He is regularly engaged to advise and act for leading banks, financial services firms, insolvency practitioners, ASX listed corporations, company directors and high-wealth family trusts and individuals. In 2016 and 2018 Robert was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a “National Rising Star in Litigation and Insolvency”.   He is also a volunteer lawyer at Caxton Legal Clinic, providing free legal advice and assistance to people who are disadvantaged or on a low income.   Robert is a regular presenter on a variety of litigation and insolvency issues for the Queensland Law Society and the Building and Construction Lawyers Association and has authored several articles on the new “ipso facto” and “safe harbour” regimes under the Corporations Act 2001. Robert is Brisbane born and bred and, outside of work, he enjoys cycling and has a keen interest in the property market.

Who should attend?

This masterclass is suitable for non-lawyers who often deal with legal matters (or instruct lawyers themselves) and wish to improve their legal writing & business skills.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to effective legal & business writing
  • Recognising and understanding common legal documents
  • Using the right templates and layout guidelines
  • How non-lawyers can enhance their legal writing skills
  • Tips, traps and examples