Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts: An Advanced-Level Works...
Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts:
An Advanced-Level Workshop
4 October 2016 at UCL, 9am - 5pm
About this Course
This practical, one-day course provides training and practical exercises in the drafting of commercial contracts. At the end of the course you should have a better understanding of how to draft, understand and work with contracts.
This advanced-level course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least two years’ experience of drafting the detailed terms of contracts, including legal terms, and who wish to increase their technical understanding, through a mixture of teaching and practical exercises.
This course is not suitable for beginners or people who draft contracts only occasionally. Mark Anderson runs other courses at an introductory or intermediate level, including in-house courses. Please contact him for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific topics to be considered in the workshop will include:
- Why legal drafting is often sub-optimal
- Examples of good and bad drafting practice
- Techniques for clear business writing, and variations for drafting contracts
- Conventions, traditions and assumptions in contract drafting
- Contract drafting in the real world
- Contract drafting with an eye on the courts
- Special ‘plain English’ requirements for consumer contracts
Relationship with Ken Adams’ course at UCL, Drafting Clearer Contracts
This course has been designed to complement, and minimise overlap with, a course run annually by Ken Adams at UCL Faculty of Laws, titled Drafting Clearer Contracts. The two courses are independent of one another, though Mark Anderson broadly agrees with the approach that Ken takes. Ideally, you would consider going on both courses.
Ken’s course focuses simply on how to draft clearer contracts, using as its source his highly regarded book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. His book can be viewed as ‘highway code’ or set of rules and principles for clear contract drafting, designed to avoid disputes over the meaning of what is said in the contract. His course explains some of those rules and principles, including his ground-breaking ideas on categories of contract language.
Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts takes an approach that might be described as the how, why and what of drafting contracts. It includes practical suggestions for better drafting, which are mostly aligned with Ken’s ideas. Topics have been chosen so as to cover mostly different ground from Ken’s course. This course also considers why traditionally-minded practitioners draft the way they do, how to deal with the imperfect drafting that one encounters in negotiations, and how to keep an eye out for the courts’ approach to interpreting contract wording. In other words, we take a broad, practice-based approach, while supporting the general themes of Ken’s teaching.
Preparation for the course
Although not essential, attenders may find it helpful to read the following practitioner texts as preparation for the workshop:
Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts, Mark Anderson and Victor Warner (3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)
A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses, Mark Anderson and Victor Warner (3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)
6 CPD hours are available for this course
If you have any queries about this course please contact Lisa Penfold at the UCL Faculty of Laws by emailing email@example.com
- Date and Time
Venue to be confirmed, Bloomsbury, London