Proofreading for Legal Professionals

Guidance on how to proofread legal and business documents effectively

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Course Overview

Proofreading is an essential part of the drafting process and attention to detail is crucial; Incorrect wording or punctuation can completely change the content of a written document and allow it’s meaning to become open to interpretation.

Whether you are a legal secretary whose been asked to read through document on someone else’s behalf, or are a legal practitioner reviewing your own work, it is essential that you have the knowledge and skills needed to proofread effectively.
Delivered by former solicitor and training consultant, John Trimbos, this practical 60-minute webinar is broken-down into the following sections:

Part 1 covers the basic principles of proofreading and is largely focussed on grammar and spelling. Viewers will be encouraged to attempt some introductory exercises which will reinforce key business writing conventions.

Part 2 will provide viewers with an overview of the techniques which are required when proofreading and the problem areas to look out for. Viewers will need to implement this guidance when attempting more challenging exercises.

Whether you are new to proofreading or are looking to refresh or hone your proofreading skills, this course is ideal and will ensure that you have the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to proofread legal and business documents for spelling, grammar, inconsistencies, punctuation errors, formatting mistakes, and typos.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have the tools needed to:
  • • Compare passages of text/figures and mark up differences
  • • Use a dictionary to identify commonly misspelt words
  • • Identify incorrect, missing or surplus punctuation marks
  • • Identify errors of consistency
  • • Identify grammatical errors of agreement in complex sentence structures
  • • Identify presentation errors
  • • Rectify identified errors

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for practitioners of all levels including support staff, paralegals, trainees and solicitors
  • This course provides 1 CPD point


About Instructor - John Trimbos

John Trimbos

John is a solicitor admitted in England and Wales, and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He studied law at St. John's College, Oxford, and qualified as a solicitor in 1988. He started his professional life with the Treasury Solicitor's Department, before moving to the private sector in the early 1990s. In the mid 1990s he moved to lecturing at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice before moving back to the City. He has worked as a transactional lawyer and as an in-house training manager.
John specialises in addressing difficult areas like business writing skills, where people sometimes know that they have a development need but are self-conscious about saying so. In addition to delivering online webinars, John also runs highly practical workshops with lots of exercises and interactivity, and his clients appreciate the way that he deals with serious issues with wit and good humour.

Course Curriculum

Part 1

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    15 Page
  • Part 1

Part 2

  • Webinar
  • Slides
    12 Page
  • Part 2


  • Price
  • £ 90