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Key features of the book

A valuable resource for self-study and for teaching legal English alike

The book is in English, easy to follow in a clear-cut and very user-friendly structure. It contains a minimum of grammar terms, so there is no need to read lengthy explanations because the description of terms are presented in table forms and in sample sentences and sentence patterns, making it easy to understand.

The book consists of 50 chapters, each describing a set of terms associated with one another, for example terms in legal texts denoting time, sums, payment and money, remedying and redress, ranking, obligations and duties, rights, substituting and representations, delegating jobs, effect, force and applicability (etc.). For a full list, see the Table of Contents at the bottom of the page

Each chapter describes a set of related terms, with an Overview at their beginning, in various tables, which is followed by a part with each of these terms separately described. This part of the chapters is named Key terms in action. This way, a set of related words, synonyms and near-synonyms are presented, with indication in differences in their usage.

The description of related terms is continued in the last part of the book, where the terms belong to the same practice areas within Anglo-Saxon law, totalling seven practice areas: Law of civil procedure, Law of contracts, Law of companies, Law of inheritance, Law of intellectual property, Law of property and Law of torts.

In summary,

  • the book describes the grammar of legal texts,
  • describes 1500 terms as appearing in legal texts, in terms of proper usage,

In so doing, it describes

  • what verbs, nouns, adjectives and complements are used with the particular term,
  • what synonyms are available for the particular term,
  • what typical sentences the terms is to be found, by presenting sample sentences and sentence patterns, allowing easy comprehension,
  • seven practice areas, with general introductions and explanations, with the description of terms in use in these practice areas, giving hints as to how to write sentences as native legal experts do, with illustrations on their usage by way of sample sentences and sentence patterns,

In short, dictionaries provide you with definitions of terms, this book provides a description as to how to use these terms, as native legal experts do.

By quickly going through the various chapters, the readers of the book can effectively familiarise themselves with legal English, develop their skills to expert level, which is indispensable in international legal communications.