Legal terms


"For the Use and Benefit of ..."

14 December 2014
You have just found a 19th-century court minute. Being a "minute," the record tells you very little: the case label and the fact that the case was dismissed. The label is this: "John Jones, for the use and benefit of Sam Smith vs. Billy Brown." What do you think that case was all about? ...

Legal Language & the Wrinkles It Can Create in Our Writing

21 January 2014
Legal language bumfuzzles many researchers. It also causes many to iron wrinkles into their writing when they sit down to report their findings or weave their accounts. This week, we spotted the following quartet in four different academic publications. What’s your reaction? How should each of these be rephrased?