Our Team

The Words & Beyond team has a combined 50 years of experience in plain language training, professional services and the law.  We are recognised both locally and internationally as leading plain language advocates and providers.

  • BA LLB (Hons) Monash University

    Christopher is an internationally recognised expert in making legal and related documents clear, accurate, and easy to use.  He is:

    • a former president of the international plain-language organisation Clarity, see www.clarity-international.net/;
    • the founder and Managing Director of Words and Beyond; and
    • the founder, and former Managing Director, of online legal document provider Cleardocs, which launched in Australia in 2002, see www.cleardocs.com. In June 2012, Thomson Reuters acquired Cleardocs.

     

    Christopher was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria in 1988.  He worked:

    • as a solicitor in the Melbourne office of Baker & McKenzie for 3 years;
    • as a plain-language advocate and practitioner at the Law Reform Commission of Victoria for 3 years;
    • as a plain-language change-agent and practitioner at Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) for 6 years; and
    • on secondment from Phillips Fox to AMP as a plain-language change-agent and practitioner for 3 years.

     

    Christopher founded Words and Beyond in 1998.  He provides plain-language training, rewrites documents, and advises on clear-communication cultural-change programs.

    His clients include 16 government bodies, more than 20 public listed companies, 8 major national law firms (and other law firms), the Labour Organization of the United Nations, and the European Central Bank.

  • BA LLB University of Melbourne, Admitted New York Bar

    Bob is a lawyer and plain language trainer and document writer. Bob graduated from law school in 1982 and spent several years working in the USA where he was admitted to the New York Bar. In 1984, he returned to Australia to start a legal practice with a focus on medical negligence.

    With a background in professional medical negligence litigation, Bob has long been aware that clear communication — or its absence — often lies at the heart of legal disputes. This awareness triggered his original interest in plain legal communication.

  • BA (Industrial Relations and Management Studies),
    Grad Dip in Applied Finance and Investments (FINSIA)

    Fulvia provides project management and communication consulting services. She specialises in large internal communications projects within major corporations.

    Fulvia is an experienced communications manager and project manager with very specialised skills in analysing, developing, writing and designing documents. She also manages the end-to-end document generation process.

    She has 19 years' experience in the financial services industry with detailed knowledge of insurance, investment and superannuation products and of financial services in general.