Legal Words and Phrases

At Emery Johnson Astills, we provide expert legal advice in easy to understand, everyday language. However, during court proceedings, some of the words and phrases used can be confusing.

You can always ask your Emery Johnson Astills solicitor to explain what is happening but we appreciate that you might want to look up words for yourself.

Our legal dictionary provides explanations of the phrases we’re most frequently asked about and you can download it below. We want to make the dictionary as helpful and up-to-date as possible so if you have any comments or suggestions for additions, please e-mail them to