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.

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    Over the past 15 years, Phil has presented and developed a number of legal training courses and presentations for audiences ranging from senior lawyers to junior lawyers and non-lawyers, and in formats ranging from lectures to interactive seminars.  This training was a key focus of his practice in the Office of General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor. 

    Courses and presentations included:

    • Law and Logic: advice and arguments;
    • Understanding legislation for non-lawyers;
    • Statutory interpretation for lawyers — presented to Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department; Commonwealth Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing; and a large number of Commonwealth, state and territory departments and agencies;
    • Constitutional law for new Commonwealth lawyers;
    • Machinery of Government for new Commonwealth lawyers;
    • Operation of the National Electricity Law, for the ACCC;
    • Administrative Law for lawyers;
    • Administrative Law for non-lawyers, with a focus on environmental statutes;
    • Advice writing and legal reasoning for lawyers;
    • Operation of the Commonwealth Financial Management and Accountability legislation and recovery of mistaken payments from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, for senior lawyers and financial managers; and
    • Operation of stamp duty amendments, for barristers and other lawyers.

     

    Experience

    Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (‘AHPRA’) 

    • Special Counsel, 2018 to present
    • Corporate Counsel, 2015 to 2018
    • Senior Legal Adviser,  2012 to 2015 

     

    Australian Government Solicitor, Melbourne

    • Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, 2004 to 2009 
    • On outpost as In-house Counsel to Department of Treasury, 2009 to 2010
    • Senior Lawyer, 2010 to 2012   

     

    Minter Ellison Lawyers

    • Lawyer, 2000 to 2004

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.