Plain Language Services

We are experts in drafting and designing legal documents in plain language. These documents include legislation, constitutions, agreements and commercial contracts.

We have been substantially involved in the drafting of new legislation and re-drafting old legislation since 1994, including the Constitution. In this regard, we are one of few firms in South Africa that has developed extensive experience in the plain language drafting of legislation and apply the principles of plain language to all our drafting work. We also have extensive experience in drafting regulations, codes of practice and other subordinate legislation.

Our professionals have drafted over 100 legislative instruments at regional, national, provincial and local government level. Some of the major national laws that we have substantially participated in drafting include:

  • the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 1996
  • the Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996
  • the South African Police Services Act, 1995
  • the South African Schools Act, 1996
  • the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997
  • the Higher Education Act, 1997
  • the Electoral Act, 1998
  • the Employment Equity Act, 1998
  • the Competition Act, 1998
  • the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000
  • the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003

As appears from the list, our drafting experience covers a wide range of topics, including labour market, trade and industry, education and skills development, social development, finance, land and housing. It also includes drafting laws for every sphere of government in South Africa and also at regional and at international level.