Clarity2016 is hosted by Clarity and Write two organisations passionate about effective communication.


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Clarity is a worldwide network of professionals who are committed to promoting plain legal language.

With more than 800 members from 50 countries, Clarity is the largest international plain language organisation.

Our members believe in the benefits of plain legal language. They include judges, lawyers, government officials, scholars and teachers, as well as corporate and NGO representatives.

Many are plain language practitioners writers, editors, researchers, consultants and trainers with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience in plain legal language.

Founded in the UK in 1983 by a small group of legal professionals, Clarity now has official representatives in around 30 countries and a team of dedicated volunteers advocating locally for the use of plain legal language in place of legalese. Every second year, Clarity presents a conference with a local partner. In 2014, the conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium. 


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Write is a professional services firm that helps government and business organisations create clear, reader-friendly communications that get results. 

Founded by Chief Executive Lynda Harris in 1989, Write is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in providing evidence-based solutions to communications needs. 

The company offers everything from document and website redrafts to comprehensive user-testing and company-wide plain language projects.

Write is actively involved in making the public aware of the need for clear ‘citizen language’ in all public, legal, financial and health information. Write is also proud to be founding sponsor and host of the annual WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards.

Lynda Harris was recently awarded a prestigious international award at the PLAIN International Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The Mowat Award ‘recognises a significant contribution to advancing plain language at the local, regional, national, or international levels’.