“In All Respects”

Here’s another entry in the rhetorical-emphasis hall of shame—in all respects. Here’s an example:

This agreement is in all respects governed by Minnesota law.

By omitting in all respects you lose nothing except surplus words. The same goes for in all material respects—use instead materially, but remember that it’s ambiguous. (For more on that, see chapter 8 of the second edition of MSCD or the third article in this periodical.)

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.