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Michele

Most of the leases and other documents I've had to review recently were riddled with incomprehensible sentences.

Peter Groves

And it's noteworthy that in every case the Latin uses fewer words, and often fewer syllables, than the English equivelant. In my old-fashioned view, any reasonably well-educated person should understand most of these phrases and lawyers seeking clarity and brevity should not be afraid to use them!

Peter

Thanks for your comments. In response to Peter's comment, I'd generally consider myself to be reasonably well-educated but found myself looking a lot of these phrases up when I first came across them (I don't recall much from my Latin lessons at school, but they were more to do with the antics of Cornelius, Flavius and a wolf than anything very law-related).

Also, I tend to think that it's difficult enough explaining to clients the subtleties of warranties, indemnities and liability caps without having to offer a translation of the words of the agreement too.

bigugly

Is that "among other things" or "amongst other things"?

bigugly

On the subject of archaic phrases, is there anything that can persuade lawyers to stop using the phrase "without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing"?

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