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CONTRACT DRAFTING SKILLS WORKSHOP

CPD One-Day Seminar

Course dates:
Tuesday 3 March 2020
Tuesday 2 June 2020

Do you want your contract drafting to be clear, correct, concise and consistent? Do you want your contracts to be understood, and interpreted correctly, by multiple “stakeholders”, including project managers, business executives, lawyers and, if a dispute over the contract reaches court, a judge?

Course summary

This practical, one-day course is designed to help you improve your contract drafting skills. It combines teaching on modern drafting techniques with multiple, practical exercises to help you apply that teaching and improve your drafting. We provide a relaxed environment in which to look carefully at drafting issues, away from the pressure of negotiations.

If you are good at general business or legal writing, your skills will get you some of the way to drafting contracts well. But the mix of techniques used in good contract drafting is unique. We will discuss when to use and when to reject general writing techniques for contract drafting.

By looking at examples of good and bad contract wording, we will explore what works and what doesn’t, and how apparently satisfactory wording can be tweaked to remove ambiguities and uncertainties. In doing so, we will keep in mind the four Cs - four objectives that are sometimes underrated or overlooked: clarity, correctness (accuracy), conciseness and consistency.

We will also consider how the courts interpret contracts, but this won’t be the primary focus of the day. It is often better to draft clearly and in a way that avoids litigation, than to focus solely on how to “win” in court.

Please note: this is a course about learning and applying techniques to improve contract drafting. There is a greater emphasis on practice than theory. It is not focussed on any one practice area (though it will be informed by the course leader’s experience, over 30 years, of drafting commercial contracts where intellectual property issues are important). It is not designed to help you do a better commercial deal, outsmart an opponent, or persuade a court to uphold a one-sided clause (e.g. to make an extreme liability clause seem “reasonable” for the purposes of UCTA).

Benefits of attending this course

By attending this course you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of common drafting mistakes and pitfalls

  • Learn techniques for drafting clearer contracts

  • Practise your drafting skills by working on multiple, practical exercises

  • Receive feedback on how to improve your drafting

Course content (timings are approximate)

9.30 Introduction: Who are we writing for; their expectations; should we meet them?

10.00 Improving clarity (teaching and exercises)

11.30 Coffee

11.45 Improving accuracy (teaching and exercises)

1.00 Lunch

2.00 How the courts interpret contracts, including the “canons of construction”.

2.45 Using and avoiding legal jargon, and legal terms of art

3.15 Tea

3.30 Improving consistency and being concise (teaching and exercises)

4.15 Putting it all together: identifying drafting problems (and solutions) in commonly-used template agreements

5.00 Finish

Course leader

Mark Anderson, the course leader, has trained lawyers, contract managers and others for over 20 years. His courses have won awards, including a Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended) and a Provost’s Teaching Award from University College London. He is an author of several popular textbooks in this field, some now in their 4th edition, as well as hundreds of published template agreements. His publications include:

  • Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts (Bloomsbury, 4th edition, December 2016)
  • A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses (Bloomsbury, 4th edition, September 2017)
  • Execution of Documents (Law Society, 3rd edition, August 2015)


If you have any queries about this course please contact Lisa Penfold at the UCL Faculty of Laws by emailing lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk

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