Category Archives: Style & conventions

This category includes posts relating to English writing conventions, references and style in a Dutch legal context.

Signing off in legal correspondence

We recommend formality in legal correspondence. However, it’s getting increasingly difficult to do this when English-speaking lawyers themselves seem more and more to be resorting to informality, especially in e-mails. Basic guideline One of the teaching points is to end correspondence with “Yours sincerely” or a similar phrase when writing to someone by name. “Yours… Read more

Avoiding clichés

“Clichés should generally be used sparingly in any writing, but especially in legal writing”, writes Bryan Garner in Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage. Similar warnings are given to Dutch writers. Garner lists dozens of clichés in his legal style guides. Almost all English style guides have a section on the subject (including The Economist’s). The… Read more