Legal Writing – A company is an “it”

One of the easy-to-fix yet key issues I have seen in legal writing, both by native English speakers and Turkish lawyers, is referring to a company as “they.”  It is something we commonly do as we speak English even though it is incorrect. Referring to a company as “they” should definitely not be done in legal writing.  In fact, it should not be done in Business English of General English practice.

When speaking or writing about a company, consider these:

They – It

Their – Its

Theirself – Itself

Megan E. Boyd hosts a fabulous blog on legal writing, Lady (Legal) Writer, and discusses this issue in more detail.  Check out her post, A Company is an “It.”



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