Legal English Drafting of Contracts

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Last updated Mon, 27-Mar-2023
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Well-prepared lawful papers-- whether they comprise guidance, document, agreements, or various other written materials-- result in even more successful results: much better-performing contractors, more pleased interior as well as external clients, minimized dangers, as well as smaller obligations.

The legal English Composing of Agreements training course will assist to establish the abilities of in-house and also outside Legal representatives/ Advisers, transforming them right into extremely effective created communicators as well as lawful draftsmen. It will certainly highlight why reliable English legal writing is important and teach individuals exactly how to compose well-structured and also beneficial consultatory and contractual records.

Course Objectives of Lawful English Composing of Contracts


  • Much better recognize the needs of their inner as well as exterior clients
  • Create more effective legal records in English
  • Framework their documents using ideal writing techniques
  • Select suitable English language for the lawful tasks they encounter
  • Improve the clarity and effectiveness of their legal writing
  • Structure a standard industrial agreement
  • Recognize the vital terms that they should consist of in an agreement
  • Use design contracts as well as layouts as a basis for their very own job
  • Draft ideal terms for a series of commercial tasks
  • Recognize unacceptably high-risk terms in the recommended agreements of companions, contractors, suppliers, or other celebrations
  • Suggest alternate draft phrasing to protect their customer's commercial rate of interest, when working out with others


Day 1
Principles of Effective Legal Writing

  • Introduction, objectives, and scope of the workshop

  • What is effective legal writing?

  • Techniques to write clearly

  • Structuring your legal analysis

  • Choosing appropriate legal language while avoiding ‘legalese’

  • Effective editing of a legal document

  • Applying the principles to letters, emails, and general correspondence

  • Drafting exercises



Day 2
Best Practices in Drafting a Legal Memorandum

  • Choosing an appropriate heading

  • Describing the background and purpose of the memorandum

  • Framing the legal issues

  • Providing the short answer

  • Statement of the facts

  • Analysis of the issues and how the law applies

  • Conclusions and recommendations in the memorandum

  • Drafting Exercises



Day 3
Principles of Contract Drafting

  • Why contract drafting skills are important

  • Complying with contract law essentials

  • Using appropriate contract language

  • Contract methodologies, including

    • Bespoke written agreements

    • Using general and special terms and conditions

    • Using Purchase Orders with standard terms and conditions

    • Framework agreements

    • Deeds

    • Letters of intent, Heads of terms and MoUs

  • Working with model contracts and templates

  • Drafting exercises



Day 4
Preparing the Contract Draft

  • Reflecting the purpose of the transaction

  • Analysing and mapping out the contractual transaction process

  • Structuring the contract draft

  • Contents of the front and back of the contract

    • Title

    • Parties

    • Recitals

    • Dates

    • Definitions

    • Signatures

    • Attachments, Exhibits and Schedules

  • Using Boilerplate clauses, such as

    • Governing law clause

    • Dispute resolution process

    • Contract variation mechanism

    • Confidentiality obligations

    • Assignment and sub-contracting

    • Force Majeure

    • Notices and communication clause

    • Drafting exercises



Day 5
Managing the Negotiated Draft Agreement

  • Working with the other parties to the contract

  • Analysing their contract clauses for hidden risks

  • Negotiating the liability clauses

    • Who bears the risk?

    • Exclusion and limitation of liability

    • Indemnity and insurance clauses

    • Bonds and Guarantees

    • Liquidated damages clauses and penalties

  • Using clauses that impose obligations or grant powers or permissions, such as

    • Inspection

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