Plain Language Commission . Clear English Standard


  1. Fall of Troy
  2. Subeditors a dying breed, says new website
  3. Plain language and the courts
  4. Deceptive language – food from fake farms
  5. Pikestaff 75 – read it now
  6. Jottings
  7. Jargon for grown-ups
  8. English to be Latin of EU?
  9. Large amount of amounts
  10. ‘The reason is because’
  11. Clichés – ‘wash down’, again
Go to archive

News & views

Chance to comment on plans to protect consumers from unfair contract terms

[29 July 2012] Some traders hide the true cost of a contract in the small print, leaving consumers with unexpected charges or lengthy contracts they no longer want and causing more honest traders to lose out. The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission are consulting on proposals to protect consumers from unfair terms hidden in small print.

Law Commissioner David Hertzell said: ‘We know that the majority of consumers do not read contracts thoroughly before signing. They tend to focus on what appears to be the cost, expecting traders to make their money from the ticket price and not from charges that emerge later. We believe that it should be made clear to consumers what they are committing themselves to before they sign.’

The Law Commission, an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, invites comments on the proposals, which can be downloaded from:


Yes, I accept the cookie. No, I decline the cookie. would like to place a cookie on your computer to help us make this website better. To find out more about the cookies, see our privacy policy