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ONLINE: Contract Drafting Skills Workshop

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This 6-hour practical workshop is designed to help you improve your contract drafting skills over two half-day sessions

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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

Feedback from recent course

  • "Multiple and helpful examples given from practice - helps bring theory to life"
  • "Very clear, friendly and approachable. Great personal examples and practical tips"
  • "Enjoyable Course. The time flew by. Interesting and Interactive"



14:00 Introduction: Who are we writing for; their expectations; should we meet them?

14:30 Improving clarity (teaching and exercises)

[Comfort break around 15:00]

15:45 Improving accuracy (teaching and exercises)

[Comfort break around 16:15]

17:30 Day one ends


10:00 How the courts interpret contracts, including the “canons of construction”.

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

[comfort break at around 11:00]

11.30 Improving consistency and being concise (teaching and exercises)

[comfort break at around 12:00

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

13:00 Course finishes

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Organiser UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

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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: 

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