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This webinar is part of the Ken Adams on Drafting Clearer Contracts: Webinar Series.

Contract prose and layout may be limited and stylized, but clear and efficient drafting requires a decent grasp of general principles of good writing. Further, how a contract is formatted and arranged has a significant impact on its readability.

In this session Ken explores the principles of clear writing that apply to contract drafting, as well as issues relating to document design. Specific concepts discussed:

  • Drafting as writing: top tips
  • What language to avoid: gender-specific language; lawyerisms; wordy phrases
  • Grammar fundamentals: placement of subject, verb and object
  • Subdividing contract text
  • Redundancy and elaboration

The last portion of the session will demonstrate the cumulative effect of the approaches to contract language explored during the series. Extracts from sample contracts, both before and after being redrafted consistent with Ken’s recommendations, will be explored.


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

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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.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
December 14, 2017
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$199 plus HST

Series (5 Sessions)
$895 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


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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