Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Research & Writing

More Redundancies
Neil Guthrie

Lawyers find it difficult to use one word when they could use two. Here are some further examples. Forward progress: All progress is forward-looking; that’s why it’s progress. Null and void: The two elements mean the same thing, so there is no need to use both. …


  1. There is a reason for “null and void” when speaking. Each word is a monosyllable, and prone to being misheard.

    “That’s null.”

    “It’s what?”

    No one mishears “null and void.” Until we find a new two- or three-syllable word, it will continue to serve.