Video on ‘The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing’ by Chinua Asuzu

This video introduces The Write House’s new book, The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing.

The Uncommon Law of Learned Writing encourages and motivates lawyers and nonlawyers alike to prefer plain English to the legalese and verbosity that has besmirched legal writing for centuries.

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The Write House introduces new book, ‘Anatomy of a Brief’.

About the Book
Anatomy of a Brief will help you master the art and science of persuasive brief writing. This book will revolutionize the way you prepare briefs, submissions, and written addresses. It will give you a competitive edge in the litigation minefield.

About the Author
Chinua Asuzu is the Senior Partner at Assizes Lawfirm, a Commissioner of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, an Adjunct Lecturer (Legal Writing) at Nigerian Law School, and the Dean of The Write House.

An active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chinua Asuzu serves on NBA’s Legal Education Committee. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

About the Publisher
The Write House published Anatomy of a Brief.

The Write House is now the acknowledged authority in Nigeria on legal-writing curriculum and pedagogy.

A continuing-legal-education organization, The Write House is Africa’s frontline team of legal-writing consultants and mentors. It pioneered the Plain English movement in Nigeria.

The Write House is the accredited representative in Nigeria of the global Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES). We provide learned-writing training to lawyers and nonlawyers. For more information, browse our website

Book Price

Subsidized Nationwide Delivery Rates
The Write House has subsidized delivery cost by over 50%. So when we courier the book to you, you pay only N1000 extra, bringing the total price to N6000. This applies to deliveries within Nigeria only.

Delivery outside Nigeria
N5000 + delivery cost to any location outside Nigeria

Buy the book online.
To buy Anatomy of a Brief online, click here. We will deliver it to any address you provide.

Available in Bookshops, NBA Branches, and Bookstands
Anatomy of a Brief is also available in the following bookshops, NBA branches, and bookstands:

Florence & Lambard, Ikorodu Road, Palmgrove, Lagos
Patmos Exclusive, 181 Igbosere Road, Lagos
University of Lagos Bookshop, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos

NBA Branches
NBA Ikeja Secretariat, Bar Centre, Ikeja- Mrs Queen, 08035318983
NBA Lagos, High Court Terrace, Igbosere, Lagos

Lagos Island
Lagos State High Court, Igbosere
Ademola 185 Igbosere Road Lagos 08028365091, 08187505990
Lola Oremade, Lagos State High Court, Lagos, 08038351984
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Reporting the Reporters

‘The Write Partner’ assesses, criticizes, or praises the language of selected passages from Nigeria’s leading law reports.

Aikhadueki [2014] 15 NWLR (Part 1431) 530- Supreme Court of Nigeria

Under Facts, the law reporter begins as follows:

The appellant was arraigned with other accused persons at the High Court of Imo State, Orlu and charged with the murder of one Christian Owerreoma on the 15th day of August 2002 along Orlu Road Junction by Mgbidi, Orlu Judicial Division contrary to section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 30, Vol. 11, Laws of Eastern Nigeria 1963 as applicable to Imo State.

This passage is faulty in several respects:

1. It should have started: Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki . . . . This would humanize the appellant. Facts sections (whether in briefs, law reports, or judgments) should read like stories. Using parties’ names enhances the story element.

2. Why couple arraigned and charged. The report should have started: Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki was charged, along with others, with murdering Christian Owerreoma.

3. There is no need to precede the victim’s name with one.

4. The court and date are unnecessary. They appear in other, more formulaic parts of the report.

5. The venue of the crime is unnecessary, being irrelevant to the finding.

6. The judicial division is unnecessary, as territorial jurisdiction was never an issue.

7. The statutory citation should not include chapter and volume of the Laws of Eastern Nigeria.

8. The passage should have read:

Police Corporal Bonny Aikhadueki was charged, along with others, with murdering Christian Owerreoma. The charge was brought under section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Law as applied in Imo State.

Types of contract clauses

The following types of clause are typical in contracts:

An assignment clause permits, prohibits, or restricts a complete transfer of contractual rights by one or more of the contracting parties to a non-party.

A confidentiality clause prohibits or restricts disclosure of specified information (usually related to intellectual property or trade secrets) to non-parties.

A consideration clause sets out what one party undertakes to do or not do in return for the other party’s entry into agreement. It also typically provides the price of the contract or terms of payment.

An entire-agreement clause provides that the contract represents the parties’ entire understanding on the subject matter of the contract. It expressly or impliedly incorporates and consolidates into the contract any oral or prior agreements the parties had reached on the subject matter.

A force majeure clause shields parties from liability for failures to perform contractual obligations when unavoidable events beyond the responsible party’s control have caused the failures. Such unavoidable events include natural disasters and wars, and are sometimes called ‘Acts of God.’

An indemnification or indemnity clause imposes on a party financial responsibility for specified types of claims, damages, or losses. The responsible party undertakes to ‘hold harmless’, ‘indemnify’, or reimburse the other party in the event of any such claims, damages, or losses.

A liquidated-damages clause imposes a fixed financial penalty that a party who breaches the contract or any specified clause must pay to the innocent or injured party.

A severability clause provides that even if some provisions of the contract are declared invalid, unenforceable, or void, the rest of the contract remains in force. Severability clauses are common in agreements with arbitration clauses.

A termination clause sets forth how, when, by whom, and why the contract may be terminated.