Robert Angyal SC

2018 Legal Language Breakthrough: The Quadruple Negative

2018 has seen a Legal Language Breakthrough: The Quadruple Negative (as used against Luna Park by a certifier addressing whether construction of a new ride required development consent):

“The works cannot be demonstrated as not inconsistent with the development consents as it was unclear whether the development consents authorise the installation of new rides.”

Wow! That's ... nearly incomprehensible.

We lawyers used to think that double negatives were not uncommon, especially in legal prose. And it was not unusual for layers not to stop there, but to wheel out the big gun of the triple negative. Whammo! Take that, whether you understand it or not.

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Robert Angyal SC: "Alternative Dispute Resolution is Dead. Long Live Alternative Dispute Resolution."

On 17 February 2017, Robert Angyal SC gave a presentation to the South Australian Law Society’s annual Forum, entitled Alternative Dispute Resolution is Dead. Long Live Alternative Dispute Resolution. The presentation discussed the profound implications of the fact that mediation has become the dominant means of resolution of civil disputes and suggested that, perhaps, going to Court should now be called “alternative dispute resolution”.

Mr Angyal is preparing a paper based on the presentation for publication.