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Talking the talk - The plague of business jargon

Posted on 18 October 2013

Understanding legal jargon, Pardoes Solicitors

Blog posted by Richard Flack, Partner, Private Client team.

This is the first of a series of blogs to be produced by the Private Client team here at Pardoes, so welcome!

It’s a way of communicating with you our thoughts on topics that may be of interest to some of you. And my thought relates to communication, prompted by something I read the other day.

Lawyers use words (and sadly, they can resort to jargon) to convey a message, but one sometimes wonders whether the message as it is sent is the same as the message as it is received – ‘Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance’ becomes ‘Send three and fourpence, we’re going to a dance’. So if you’re in any doubt about what you’ve been told, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Try sending the message back in your own words and see if we’re on the same wavelength – if we’re not, we know there’s an issue to be resolved, and we’ll do our utmost to make sure we’ve understood one another.

Over and out.

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