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Feel more confident working with both Business English and Legal English

Feel more confident working with both Business English and Legal English by learning common business and legal terms in English.

Learn to work with both Business English and Legal English

In an increasingly global context most non native English speaking professionals, and not just lawyers, are coming into more contact with contracts and documents full of legal terms in English.

Effective communication in English means being able to work with both Business English and Legal English with clients and suppliers who may not understand technical legal terms. So being able to use ‘plain English’ can help them to quickly understand in a meeting, conference call, presentation or email.

We understand working with both business and legal terms can be particularly challenging in your own language let alone in a second language like English.


Solution – Plain English tool and how to use it

In our Business English training we help professionals use a simple tool called Plain English which enables them to learn and work with both Business English and Legal English terms.

Plain English means using “clear and simple English language, without the use of technical or difficult terms.” See the Cambridge English dictionary. 


PLAIN ENGLISH TOOL – go to the Plain English website and on the home page (right column / right side) you will see the word ‘search’, click on it. It will give you access to a database which searches for a legal English term and gives you the ‘plain English’ equivalent. In this case ‘Plain English’ means a simpler way in English to explain a legal English term.

Here are some examples from the ‘Plain English’ database:


Legal English Term = Plain English Term

abutting = next to

adequate number of = enough

anterior to = before

at the present time = now

at the time when = when

by means of = by

contiguous to = next to

due to the fact that = because; since

during such time as = while

during such time as = while or as long as

excessive number of = too many

for the duration of = during

in as much as = because; since

in case = if

in the event that = if

in the interest of = for

is able to = can

is entitled to = may

it is directed that = must

it is the duty of = must

notwithstanding the fact that = although, even if

on grounds that / on the ground that = because

previous to = before

prior to = before

pursuant to = under law, in accordance with

subsequent to = after

sufficient number of = enough

that certain = a

the reason being that = because

until such time as = until

with reference to = about


I hope this helps you in your job and professional career, Christopher Wright!


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This post was written by Christopher Wright and published on 28th April 2018 under the categories: Emailing In English Tips
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