LONDON AND CHICAGO – 27-October-2015. Today Intelligent Editing, the leading provider of software for proofreading, announced the launch of American Legal Style for PerfectIt. To better serve legal writers, many of whom already use PerfectIt, the company collaborated with Ivy Grey, a senior associate, to develop a style sheet to address style preferences and common drafting errors found in legal documents.
PerfectIt is an MS Word add-in that spots consistency mistakes in documents and can be programmed to check house styles. PerfectIt is used by thousands of professional editors around the world, as well as Fortune 500 companies and major institutions such as the OECD and the European Space Agency.
American Legal Style is a style sheet that helps lawyers to improve the process of editing and proofreading legal documents. With American Legal Style, PerfectIt enforces style preferences such as italics, hyphenation and capitalization to conform to guidance for legal writing in the USA. It catches consistency errors that arise from collaborative efforts or the use of form documents; and it searches for common errors that may arise from autocorrect, spellcheck, dictation or talk-to-text tools. It makes proofreading faster, easier, and helps to ensure that complex legal documents are delivered on time.
Ivy Grey developed American Legal Style with Intelligent Editing based on the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation; The Red Book: A Manual On Legal Style by Bryan Garner; The Elements of Style by Strunk & White; and Black’s Law Dictionary, among others. Drawing from the style guides, the creators selected the most common errors and tricky or hard-to-remember rules to build into American Legal Style. The creators also worked to anticipate mistakes and recommend intelligent corrections based on real world law practice experience and actual legal documents.
“For technical legal editing, we found that American Legal Style for PerfectIt was amazing. It picked up all the technical punctuation and legal style issues that would excite a law review editor,” said Nick Critelli, one of very few practicing American lawyers who is dually qualified as barristers at the bar of England and Wales.
“Lawyers have been using PerfectIt for years and they’re happy with the program. But we got the sense that they would be happier with a more tailored approach. So we worked together to re-shape PerfectIt for use on legal documents,” said Daniel Heuman, CEO and Founder of Intelligent Editing.
“I was drawn into this project because I know how it feels to draft documents under intense time pressure and worry about whether I’ve made style or consistency errors. With PerfectIt, I feel confident that my work is clean and error-free, and I cut down on proofreading rounds that are often the cause of late nights and early mornings in the office,” said Ivy Grey, collaborating attorney and author of American Legal Style.
Intelligent Editing Ltd specializes in software that delivers faster, more accurate editing for professionals. Our philosophy is that good software lets you write your way. We don't use templates or input fields or anything else that restricts your writing. We design software that quickly and easily helps professionals to create the best documents.
Ivy B. Grey is an accomplished lawyer and writer. Ivy focuses her practice on bankruptcy, which includes distressed transactions and some litigation. She has been named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area two years in a row and has published numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law topics. Her significant representations include In re AMR Corp. (American Airlines), In re Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, In re Eastman Kodak Company, and In re Nortel Networks Inc. She was also Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ivy spent about 10 years working in public relations and advertising. She is a Senior Associate at Griffin Hamersky PC.
Daniel Heuman, CEO & Founder, Intelligent Editing.
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Ivy B. Grey, Author, American Legal Style