Drafting Clearer Contracts
CPD One-Day Seminar on 2 November 2015
About this Course
In the transactional world, contract drafting is an essential skill. But traditional contract drafting consists of copying, on faith, precedent contracts of uncertain quality and relevance. It follows that traditional contract language is full of archaisms, redundancies, chaotic verb structures, and misconceptions as to the utility of commonplace usages. And because contract drafting has consisted of copying, drafters have traditionally done without formal training or rigorous guidelines.
An antidote to that dysfunction is Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar. This will be Adams’s first public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in the UK.
This one-day course is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say.
It is suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Adams has to say comes as news to even senior contracts professionals—don’t expect him to recycle the conventional wisdom! It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short drafting exercises.
Although Adams is based in New York, his guidelines apply internationally. This course will feature examples drawn from English contracts and discussion of issues particularly relevant to English contracts professionals.
What You Will Learn
- How to make your contracts clearer and more concise
- How to save time and money in drafting and negotiating
- How to reduce the risk of disputes
- Problems to look out for when reviewing the other side’s drafts
- How to facilitate change in contract drafting
Who Should Attend
- Law-firm lawyers
- In-house lawyers
- Contract managers
- Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts
About the Speaker
According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.”
Adams gives seminars in the US, Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. The Legal Writing Institute awarded Adams its Golden Pen Award for 2014, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.” As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in September 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Adams one of its initial group of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. The ABA Journal included Adams’s blog in its 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs. Adams is also an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School.
Before attending law school in the United States, Adams received all his secondary and college education in England. He practiced as a corporate lawyer with major US law firms in New York and Geneva, Switzerland.
Adams’s Book “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting”
This seminar explores some of the topics covered in detail in Adams’s book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. It’s a groundbreaking book that has sold tens of thousands of copies internationally since it was first published by the American Bar Association in 2004. The third edition was published in 2013. Everyone who attends this seminar will receive a copy at no extra charge.
"Anyone who is serious about developing their skills as a contract drafter needs to read A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting"
Mark Anderson, Managing Partner, Anderson Law LLP Visiting Lecturer, UCL Faculty of Laws
6 CPD Points are available for this course from the BSB
If you have any queries about this course please contact Lisa Penfold at the UCL Faculty of Laws by emailing email@example.com
|10:20||The front and back of the contract|
|11:10||Categories of contract language|
|13:05||Using defined terms|
|14:30||Ambiguity and vagueness|
|16:15||Drafting as writing|
|16:30||Bringing it all together - drafting exercise|
Testimonials from "Drafting Clearer Contracts" Seminar held at UCL in 2014
Ken’s personality and enthusiasm made the course.
It has been a long time since I enjoyed a course as much of this AND took so much away from it.
Ken Adams was an excellent presenter—supremely knowledgeable about the subject and very humorous in his delivery.
A potentially very dry subject was delivered seriously, but with humour. There were lots of opportunities to discuss the changes of language proposed; useful tips to take away; and, of course, a copy of the book!
The day went by very quickly. It would be huge fun to see a discussion between Ken and a leading advocate of the traditional form of drafting!
No improvements to suggest but would welcome any further courses involving Ken Adams.
When & Where
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)
The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law was established in 2007, by the late Sir Hugh Laddie, to reflect UCL’s strategy of expanding its activity in the field of intellectual property law. IBIL is based in the UCL Faculty of Laws. IBIL's Director, from April 2011, will be The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob who has been appointed to the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in IP Law.
IBIL is sponsored by: Taylor Wessing LLP; 8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; Arnold & Porter, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons, WilmerHale, and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
For information about the Institute please see their website at: