Drafting Clearer Contracts
Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of issues relating to contract language and layout and is based on his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. (For information about the book, go here.) The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say. It’s suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Ken has to say comes as news to even senior lawyers. It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short redrafting exercises. Go here for a sample agenda.
Ken gives a public version of this seminar throughout the U.S. and in Canada. He also gives this seminar internationally. In 2013 he has given public seminars in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (twice), Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, Geneva, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi.
Regarding Canada, Ken will be giving “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars for Osgoode Professional Development in Montreal on January 17, 2014 (here), and in Toronto on May 12, 2014 (further information to come).
Ken will be returning to Australia in February 2014 to do a “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Melbourne on 17 February (here), in Canberra (for the first time) on 19 February (here), and in Sydney on 21 February (here).
Ken will be giving “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in Europe in April 2014. On April 8, 2014, he will be giving a seminar in Walldorf, Germany, at the headquarters of SAP, a world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. On April 10 and 11, he will be giving seminars in Geneva, Switzerland, at the offices of the international law firm Akin Gump. For more information, go here.
Ken will be in Kuala Lumpur to give a two-day “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar for Marcus Evans on February 24–25, 2014. He will be giving the same seminar in Abu Dhabi on March 2–3, 2014. (Further information to come.)
Here’s what some participants have said about Ken’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar:
The exercises that we worked through together were a valuable part of the seminar. Ken is a great speaker—he kept the room engaged and made the seminar interesting. I know that I’ll be implementing most of the drafting suggestions in my day-to-day work as a corporate associate. Thank you for a great seminar.
Shelly L. Shaw · Associate · Brown Rudnick LLP
This was the most helpful seminar that I have ever attended. Ken addressed so many issues that you should always consider when drafting contracts but too often never do. Well done!
Richard T. Kneeland · Associate General Counsel · Allegro MicroSystems, Inc.
This is the best CLE course I have ever taken.
Sandra Lee Gonzalez · Associate Corporate Counsel · Goya Foods
This was by far one of the most useful professional development programs I have attended in years. I highly recommend it to lawyers of all levels of experience.
Lisa Houston · Knowledge Management Lawyer · Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
An excellent presentation. Quite eye opening—it eliminated some of the myths of archaic drafting. That was very helpful.
David Holmes · Associate · Miller Thomson LLP
This is the most useful CLE I have ever attended. Ken Adams’s Manual of Style for Contract Drafting will be an essential resource for me now.
Rob DesRoches · Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Ken also gives in-house versions of this seminar.
Ken Adams occasionally gives public seminars based on his groundbreaking book The Structure of M&A Contracts. (For information about the book, go here.) This seminar is invaluable for anyone, junior or senior, who wants a thorough understanding of the subject, as opposed to what passes as the conventional wisdom.
Participants are provided with a copy of the book before the seminar, to facilitate discussion of this complex topic. The seminar closes with discussion of a mock acquisition agreement.
When a public seminar is scheduled, Ken will announce it on the blog and will update this page.
Ken also gives this seminar in-house.