I am translating some legal certificate and I need to indicate that a construction method and related factors are in accordance with a law.

I am not sure what is the appropriate way to describe “related factors” in the sentence that is in. I tried “the like” as below, but not sure if this can be part of the subject.

“Method A and the likes are in accordance with the lawB”

It will be most appreciated if you could help me with this. Thank you in advance.

NOTE: contents of the “related factors” are not provided to me neither, so I need to be vague on that.

  • Why don't you want to use "and related factors", as you have in the question here? – FumbleFingers Jun 17 '14 at 3:25
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    You never want to be vague when it's anything legal. You can be all-encompassing, but never vague. – Jim Jun 17 '14 at 3:50
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    You really ought to ask this question on a site for lawyers. – F.E. Jun 17 '14 at 5:23
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    If you use a vague phrase like that in a legal document you are handing lawyers a blank cheque. They will argue till the cows come home over what is or isn't a related factor. – Chenmunka Jun 17 '14 at 7:34

It seems you are trying to define a distinct set of method, which includes 'Method A' and any others like it. If you can derive them from a common ancestor, that would provide you with the necessary bounds for something as necessarily specific as a legal document.

Something along the lines of

"Method A, and any other methods :

  • derived from Method X
  • leveraging Method Y
  • optimised from Method Z

are in accordance with Law B".

should suffice.

  • No, he is trying to translate a legal document which has a term in the original language that vaguely translates to English as "related factors". If we knew what that term actually meant to lawyers, we might be able to help him. – Peter Shor Jul 8 '14 at 15:06
  • Oh - that's more clear, thank you. In that case, yes, this calls for some mind-reading of the original authors. As a software developer I'm frequently expected to perform this feat but unfortunately it is far less possible than many people seem to realise... – naughtilus Jul 8 '14 at 15:20

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