Avoid redundant writing

One common mistake in legal writing is excessive length. One of the causes of this is redundant phrasing.

For example:

We will provide a written witness statement.

This sentence is one word too long. There is no need to indicate that a witness statement will be written. What else could it possibly be?

This seems pernickety. In a sense it is, but if every other sentence is a word or two too long, the cumulative effect will be significant.

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