Legal design and litigation
Litigators are storytellers: they have to convince their audience with their story. Visual storytelling, adding visual elements, helps to convey your message. By using graphics in your court submissions and visuals during hearings, for example. With timelines, charts and graphs (data visualisation), overviews and road maps.
Client and stakeholder legal design
Businesses communicating internally or externally about complex legal issues are constantly confronted with the question: how will our readers understand? About reorganisations or changed legislation for example. The legal counsel or outside counsel who uses legal design is more successful in conveying his message. With flowcharts, organisational charts or info/term sheets.
Presentations & education
In education, during seminars, presentations or pitch meetings the audience has to process a lot of information. How do you get your message across and maintain attention? Use visuals together with text and keep your listeners on board, with illustrated and interactive presentations that make a lasting impression.
Legal design and advising
Whether it’s advising your client as an attorney or your board of directors as a general counsel: in order to be on the same page a mutual understanding is essential. Complex legal problems need to be broken down to comprehensible information and legal design helps this process. With infographics, legal fact sheets or flow charts for example.
No matter how much time goes into drafting the best contract, contract provisions can be unclear and hard to understand. That is, if they are in fact read. Lots of people – even experienced parties – quickly give up. A user-friendly layout, icons and graphics help to understand the content in no time at all. This not only is more user-friendly, but also prevents disputes later on.
Anna Posthumus Meyjes
Anna Posthumus Meyjes worked as an attorney-at-law in an international litigation practice for over ten years, amongst others at the top-tier Dutch law firm NautaDutilh. She specialised in liability, insurance and financial law. Using and designing clarifying visualisations became an increasingly important part of her communication. In 2019, she started Aclara Legal Design and is now fully focused on designing information and legal graphics for attorneys/litigators, in-house counsel, companies, educators, researchers and others dealing with complex information.