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Drafting a clear and concise contract is the drafter’s ultimate goal. Uncertainty, or lengthy, complicated and confusing terminology can result in misunderstandings and contracts that don’t clearly express the intent of the parties.

In this session, Ken will address the efficient use of defined terms and explore the different forms of ambiguity along with how to avoid them when drafting. Specific topics include:

  • Understanding the two kinds of definitions
  • Role of the definition section
  • Proper use of defined terms to ensure consistency and clarity
  • How vagueness can be an essential drafting tool
  • Ambiguity of the part vs. the whole
  • Strategic use of modifiers, including ‘that’ and ‘which’

Faculty

Course Leader

  • Kenneth A. Adams is the leading authority on contract language. His book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is one of the ABA’s best-selling titles and has become an essential resource for contract drafters. He gives public and in-house seminars in the U.S., Canada and internationally, acts as a consultant and expert witness. From 2006 to 2012, Ken was a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught the school’s first course on contract drafting. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ken practiced corporate law at major law firms in the U.S. and Europe. His website and blog are www.adamsdrafting.com.

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.

Delivery

The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
November 30, 2017
Running Time

1:00:00+

Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$199 plus HST

Series (5 Sessions)
$895 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

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Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals who regularly interpret, draft or negotiate contracts
  • In-house Counsel
  • Corporate Solicitors
  • Government Counsel
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Senior Executives and Managers
  • Paralegals
  • Law Clerks

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What past attendees have to say about this program…

“Fantastic presentation. Ken had amazing energy and was as entertaining as he was informative”
S. Kennedy,
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

“Very good practical course & good reminder of drafting points.”

“[Program allows you to] adopt a new approach to contract drafting and avoid pitfalls.” (Oct 2015)

“Ken is a good presenter and clearly very passionate about the topic.”