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Unit Overview


This unit is a critical study of general commercial practice and conveyancing with an emphasis on practical exercises and drafting. It begins with an intensive course on plain English writing, using various areas of law as a vehicle to teach basic principles of legal writing. The unit includes a consideration of property transactions from inception to stamping, settlement and registration; securities (mortgages and charges); leases; formation, sale and purchase of business organisations (companies and partnerships); duties; and the general drafting of letters and documents in these areas.

6 points
Students are able to (1) understand the basic principles of legal drafting and be competent drafters of plain language; (2) use, adapt and apply precedents properly; (3) write clearly, concisely and effectively; (4) write letters to clients and other lawyers; (5) understand the Duties Act 2008 (WA) and its application; (6) understand the basic law and procedure relating to primary areas of commercial and conveyancing practice; (7) take instructions in basic commercial and conveyancing matters; and (8) complete simple land and business settlements; and (9) advise a client on available and appropriate business vehicles and the basic implications of choosing a particular structure.

Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include tutorial papers, tutorial attendance and participation and a final examination. Further assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tracey Atkins
Unit rules
LAWS1130 Legal Process, LAWS1101 Contract I, LAWS1102 Contract II, LAWS1107 Torts I, LAWS1108 Torts II, LAWS2204 Property I, LAWS2205 Property II
and LAWS2203 Trusts
Advisable prior study
LAWS3322 Corporations Law
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: approximately 40 hours including formal lectures by senior practitioners and regular tutorials which deal with practical exercises and drafting issues


Duties Act 2008 (WA)

Recommended reading

Asprey, M. M. Plain Language for Lawyers, 4th edn: Federation Press 2010

Students also need to refer to texts and statutes prescribed for related units already completed, particularly property, securities, succession, corporations law and trusts.

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.