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DEBATE: Modern Contract Drafting: Improving Content, Upgrading Your Process, and Overcoming Inertia

There’s traditional contract drafting, and then there’s a more modern approach, one that allows you to save time and money, be more competitive, and reduce the risk of dispute. UCL Faculty of Laws is hosting this event to consider how organizations can implement a modern approach to contract drafting.

The panel consists of individuals who are in the thick of the fight to make contracts clearer and make the contract process more efficient. They will revisit what distinguishes modern contract drafting from the bloat, misconceptions, and inefficiencies of traditional contract drafting, but the focus will be on how to overcome the challenges that face organizations looking to shift to a more modern approach.

Here are some of the questions that will be considered:

  • How do you ensure that your contracts use clear and consistent prose?
  • How do you overcome resistance to changing your contracts, whether from within your organization, at clients, or on the other side of deals?
  • How can technology help or hinder the transition from traditional to modern drafting?

The event will consist of free-flowing discussion of these and related topics, with members of the audience having the opportunity to participate.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Anderson (Anderson Law LLP / UCL IBIL ) - Moderator
  • Ken Adams, Author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting
  • Iain Biddle, Cisco Systems
  • Dan Deacon, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Alex Hamilton, Radiant Law
  • Marcella Sampic, Orange SA
  • Andy Wishart, Contract Express


Ken Adams will be giving a public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” course for UCL Faculty of Laws on 6 November 2017. For more information about the one-day course go here.



Ken will be giving a public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” course for UCL Faculty of Laws on 6 November 2017. For more information about the one-day course.


THE MODERATOR

Mark Anderson Contract DraftingMark Anderson is a visiting professor at UCL Laws and the director of an annual week-long course at UCL on intellectual property transactions, which has won both a Provost’s Teaching Award and a Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended). He is an author or general editor of six practitioner textbooks, including Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts (3rd ed. 2012, Bloomsbury) and Execution of Documents (3rd ed. 2015, Law Society). His main role is as managing partner of Anderson Law LLP, a 12-lawyer firm based in Oxfordshire, which is known for its work in the field of intellectual property transactions. He is also chairman of the Intellectual Property L aw Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.

THE PANEL

Ken Adams Contract Drafting

Ken Adams is a US-based lawyer, consultant, and speaker. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (4th ed. 2017, American Bar Association). He helps companies with their contracts, gives seminars internationally, and acts as an expert in contract disputes. He’s taught contract drafting as an adjunct professor at US law schools. And he blogs at Adams on Contract Drafting. In 2014, the Legal Writing Institute awarded Ken its Golden Pen Award, ‘to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting’.

Iain Biddle is senior corporate counsel at Cisco Systems, where he has taken on a number of roles, including in corporate affairs and sales. He currently supports engineering teams in licensing and intellectual-property matters. Iain qualified as a solicitor at the law firm Eversheds.

Dan Deacon is an associate in the Clifford Chance derivatives and financial regulation group, having joined the firm in 2015. He qualified as a solicitor into the financial services group at Dechert LLP in London, having trained at Olswang LLP. He has also spent time on secondment at ICBC Standard Bank and at Discovery Communications.

Alex Hamilton founded Radiant Law with a vision to set-up a firm that was both innovative and creative in meeting clients’ needs. Previously, Alex was a partner at Latham & Watkins and co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Technology Transactions Group. Alex has led a number of projects which have been recognised by the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyer Awards and was a finalist for the Financial Times’ 2010 Innovative Lawyer of the Year Award.

Marcella Sampic is senior legal counsel at Orange SA in Paris, France. Marcella specializes in international corporate law and technology issues as well as international corporate governance, with a focus on Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Previously, Marcella worked with global law firms in New York and Washington DC. Marcella also serves as France Country Representative for the Association of Corporate Counsel-Europe. Marcella teaches law classes at various French universities and speaks regularly on legal issues.

Andy Wishart is global head of Contract Express at Thomson Reuters, where he has overall responsibility for design, development, and delivery of Contract Express, Thomson Reuters’ contract-automation software. Previously, Andy was co-founder and chief technology officer at Business Integrity, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2015.


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