Every letter that you write creates a permanent record of the information it contains. Accordingly, it is important to ensure that it accurately reflects your ideas and communicates in a way that satisfies the needs of your reader. Letters also convey an image of the writer and of his or her competence and professionalism. Clearly, it is in your interest to use your letters to create a positive impression. de Groot and Maxwell, Legal Letter Writing, 1994 Here's to plain language and clear understanding. Kaspar Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) to Sam Slade (Humphrey Bogart), proposing a toast, in The Maltese Falcon. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. Sir Winston Churchill Broadcast address, 9 February 1941 Words are a lawyer's tools of trade. Precedents are the templates used to leverage the lawyer's skills and letters are the basic tools of legal practice. Yet often we put much more effort and sophistication into our computerised delivery systems than into our precedents. It takes time and skill to write letters that are concise and plain but also comprehensive and it is hard to find time to keep your letters up-to-date. This book of letters will test the legal profession's interest in practical tools to do the job by offering templates for that deceptively commonplace legal task called conveyancing. The letters are written by a lawyer keen on plain language and have been refined over 30 years of daily application. They can save you time, make you money and let you sleep more soundly at night by providing you and your staff with inbuilt checklists. They can help you build your reputation with your clients for thoroughness and clarity, while evincing and adding to the value of your services.