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Writers, editors and training

Please note that the Law and Justice Foundation does not recommend any of these services.

Michele Asprey
Plain Language Writing
FAX: (02) 9252 0189

Christopher Balmford
CEO, Cleardocs Pty Ltd, Director, Words and Beyond Pty Ltd
1 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9555 4849
Cleardocs is an online system for creating and managing legal and related documents. You answer simple questions to personalise the documents with the relevant details and to tailor the documents to suit your client's needs. Christopher Balmford also provides plain-language services including rewriting documents in plain language, delivering plain-language training courses and advising on clear communication cultural-change programs.

Judith Bennett
Word Law Pty Ltd
MOB: 0417 582 825
Services include clear communication/plain language drafting for all types of official documents with specialty in legal and government documents, clear communication training - one on one and group sessions, and usability testing including focus group testing of documents for communication ratings and usability testing for websites.

Peter Butt
Associate Professor of Law, University of Sydney
Founding Director of the Centre for Plain Legal Language, University of Sydney
Peter Butt offers training, drafting and rewriting services in the use of plain legal language. He has written extensively in the use of plain legal language, including a recently published book "Modern Legal Drafting" (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Stella Tarakson
Ph: 02 9570 9914
Stella Taraksin has written a number of plain language guides to the law including Everyday Law, published by Federation Press, What to do when someone dies, Legal studies casebook and Personal injury.

Margaret White;
Ph: 02 9241 6263; 0418 216 355
Margaret White is a lawyer who has written a number of plain language guides to the law including "Planning Ahead"-A Legal guide for Nursing Home and Hostel Resident, Law handbook, Why Should I? A Fun Way to Learn About the Lawand the Pocket guide to the law.

Janice McLeod
Plain English Consultant
Winglark Pty Ltd
Ph: 0427 893 846
Janice McLeod provides a range of Plain English services for government and corporate clients including preparing and presenting customised writing skills courses and programs, providing editorial help and feedback to individual staff, and researching, writing and editing business documents such as policies, procedures, annual reports, training manuals, brochures and newsletters.

Plain English Foundation
The Plain English Foundation seeks to improve and invigorate the written English used in public communication in Australia. They run a consultancy service for Australian companies and government departments, and are mounting a public campaign to raise community awareness of plain English.

Intellectual Disability Rights Service
Level 1, 128 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: 02 9318 0144
A community legal centre in NSW working to advance the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The work of IDRS involves legal advice, education, casework, policy, law reform and producing resources. IDRS provides a range of education and training for community and government organisations that work with people with an intellectual disability, including, writing and communicating in plain English. If you are interested in our education and training, or resources please contact Pan or Rachel, the community educators.