Clarity was started by solicitor, John Walton, who believed that legal writing was archaic and over-complicated. Wondering if other lawyers felt the same way, Walton wrote a letter to the UK Law Society Gazette inviting solicitors and barristers to be part of Clarity. Twenty-eight people responded and Clarity was formed.

The Clarity Journal

Our biannual journal, The Clarity Journal, is the leading source of plain language news and research from across the globe.

Clarity conference

Our biennial conference is an unmissable opportunity to learn from leaders in plain language, exchange ideas, and connect with other Clarity members.

Regional and local activities

Many Clarity country representatives organise local plain language activities. Contact your country representative to find out what’s happening in your area.


The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Australian High Court (retired)
Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC, International Court of Justice
The Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin, PC, CC (retired)


Sir Christopher Staughton, English Court of Appeal