Most international agreements are drafted in the English language irrespective of the nationality of contracting parties. Language errors in the text and unclear and inconcise phrasing causes confusion and can ultimately lead to a dispute if it goes unnoticed. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the common pitfalls, key areas of risk and up-to-date drafting techniques in English to ensure you protect your organisation against unnecessary risk.
What are the objectives of this programme?
Learn how to recognise drafting inaccuracies to effectively re-draft poorly written clauses
Draft effective standard clauses that can be used across the organisation to manage exposure to legal risk
Understand the principles of using plain English within your contract to reduce uncertainty
Focus on agreement structure, linguistic clarity and accuracy to draft with confidence
Discover how to avoid over complex sentences and structures to limit the risk of dispute
Develop more effective legal writing skills that can be used in all your business communications.
Drafting contracts in clear English
Structure and terminology of contracts
PRACTICAL EXERCISE: DRAFTING STANDARD CLAUSES IN ENGLISH
PRACTICAL EXERCISE: LEGAL VOCABULARY
During this session participants will work through exercises both individually and in groups to develop their knowledge of legal vocabulary.
Email and letter writing with precision and clarity
The participants will apply the principles above by re-drafting a badly written piece of legal correspondence.
Principles of proof reading legal documents
Advanced drafting skills
Exercises on the use of prepositions and countable nouns in a legal context.