The main argument is that plain language cannot convey the same meaning and nuances as traditional legal writing. This implies that legal writing or communications are meant only for those with specialized training. But this view does not take into account the following:
Peter Butt, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, believes strongly that you can express all the legal concepts necessary using plain language. He gives the example of a 20-year-old plain language insurance policy being used by Australia’s largest car insurance company. There has been no litigation against their document in that time.32
Appendix B, “Resources,” contains an extensive list of guides to plain language as well as other references in print and on the Internet.
32. Chuck Letourneau, “The Plain Web” (presentation to the Plain Language Conference, Toronto,September 27, 2002).