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Effective legal writing


If you are tired of the way your company or firm drafts contracts, polices or opinions, and you are ready to take on the challenge of communicating professionally, clearly and effectively, then this is the short course for you. There will be an e-learning module to be worked through before the two-day workshop.

The course will help you understand the requirements for effective legal writing, analyse your own writing, and develop strategies to improve your writing. Although there is a strong theoretical component, participants will be given exercises to help hone their skills. The presenters will provide feedback throughout the course to help participants further improve their writing.

  • Plain language? Check.
  • Clarity? Check.
  • Precision? Check.

Join us for an six-hour webinar course, held over two days.


The two webinar sessions will be held on 4 and 6 August 2020 (9:00 to 12:00). You will be required to prepare some work before the course starts, and between sessions.

Course outline

For this course, you will be given instructions and access to certain e-learning modules before the first webinar session. You will be required to complete the instructions and send your completed product to the lecturers for discussion during the webinar sessions.

During the first webinar session, we'll cover: 

  • Our approach to effective legal writing
  • Understanding your audience
  • Clarifying your purpose  

After this webinar, you will then be given access to a second online module: “Planning your writing”. This must be completed before the second webinar session.

During the second webinar session, we'll cover:

  • How to achieve a professional, human style
  • How to edit your own or someone else’s writing
  • How to test your documents with real people, and why you should

Who will benefit from this course?

Whether you write consumer-facing communication, business-to-business contracts, policies, or opinions, this course will give you the tools to communicate effectively. A legal background is not essential, but some legal knowledge would be beneficial.


Liezl van Zyl and Elizabeth de Stadler are directors at Hey Plain Jane. Hey Plain Jane is an information design agency that helps companies achieve clarity in their communication. We create clear, innovative, and beautiful forms, terms and conditions, and policies to help these companies build trust and communicate with empathy. What many companies see as an exercise in compliance is really an investment in the success of their business. Clear communication has the power to improve operations, enhance marketing, reduce customer complaints, and mitigate legal risk. Our founders are crusaders for clarity on every level. The company was started in 2017 by Novation Consulting and Liezl van Zyl. We're headquartered in Stellenbosch with an office in Cape Towns. Hey Plain Jane has clients in financial services, artificial intelligence, higher education, and retail. We work with best in class designers, animators, and copy writers to simplify technical communication.

How much?

R900 per person


A certificate of participation from UCT will be issued to those who attend both sessions of the course. Please note that certificates can only be issued after the lockdown has ended.

How to sign up

Please note: Registrations for this course are limited to 30 people.

Download and complete the registration form, and return it to us. We will then send you the payment information.
One or two days before the course, we will send you the link to the Zoom webinar. You will need to register and use a password to enter the webinar.

Registrations close three days before the webinar.

Download the brochure.