Contract Drafting for Overseas Business Executives



Training will be conducted on a 1:1, 1:2 or small-group basis over 3-5 days. Course duration: 18-30 hours. The course may also be held on a semi-intensive half-daily basis.


The aims of this course are to enable overseas business executives to draft contracts in English, to draft both "operative" and "boilerplate" clauses, to compile and draft entire agreements; to develop an understanding of how legal terminology, phraseology and the "grammar" of drafting interact in the drafting process, to show how the English Legal System affects the way contracts are drafted and interpreted and to explore the relationship between contractual and tortuous liability for drafting purposes.

Legal subjects & Terminology:

1 Key aspects of The English Legal System and their effect on Contracts
2 Basic principles of English Contract Law
3 Basic principles of liability under English Law
4 The Relationship between Contract and Tort Law
5 Structure and Key Terms in Commercial Agreements
6 Commonly confused Terms in International Agreements


1 Contract Drafting: Drafting principles and the "grammar" of contract drafting will be explained and applied in the context of re-drafting standard clauses from a commercial agreement.
2 Drafting from Scratch: The principles of drafting will be further developed and applied in the context of the drafting from scratch of operative clauses in contracts
3 Drafting an Entire Agreement: By applying core drafting principles and phraseology to the different parts of a standard agreement, an entire agreement will be compiled and drafted by delegates.


Issues of grammar/syntax, style and expression will be addressed on a remedial basis in the context of the various tasks undertaken on the course.


Whether conducted on a 1:1 or small-group basis, these courses are highly participative and tailored closely to the needs of each delegate. Activities include intensive reading exercises, discussion/analysis of legal concepts, Q&A on legal topics, formal input, simulations, ad-hoc briefings and written exercises.