Profile

Position: Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Sydney

Relevant experience

  • Founding Director, Centre for Plain Legal Language, University of Sydney
  • Past President of Clarity (an international plain legal language organisation)
  • Lecturer and author in land law and plain language legal drafting
  • Consultant to Australian Government on land law aspects of native title legislation
  • Consultant to New South Wales Law Reform Commission on various reforms to property law
  • Consultant to Mallesons Stephen Jaques, solicitors, in property law and legal drafting
  • Papers delivered at conferences in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States of America, on the topics of plain language legal drafting, land law, and native title.

Overseas appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Cambridge University (UK), 2005
  • Inns of Court Fellow, London, 2001
  • Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (UK) 1986, 1992, 1996
  • Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt University (USA) 1992
  • Visiting Fellow, Nottingham University (UK) 1982

Editorial roles

  • Editor, "Property and Conveyancing" column, Australian Law Journal (1987 to date)
  • Editor, "Sale of Land" volumes, Australian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents
  • Editor, Law Book Co Practical Forms and Precedents
  • Editor, Australian Legal Dictionary
  • Editor, Concise Australian Legal Dictionary