Public Seminars

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 gave public seminars in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (twice), Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, Geneva, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Seoul, and Abu Dhabi.

For information about Ken’s 2014 “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in the U.S., go here. (This link should take you to the West LegalEdcenter page for my seminars, but because of a website glitch, clicking it once will probably take you to West LegalEdcenter’s home page instead. If that’s the case, clicking the link a second time will take you to the right page.) Go here for a list of Ken’s 2015 “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in the U.S.

Ken will be giving a “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in London on November 3, 2014. It will be hosted by University College London. Go here for more information.

Ken will be in Abu Dhabi to give a two-day “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar for Marcus Evans on November 10–11, 2014. Go here for more information.

Ken will be giving a one-day seminar entitled “The Essentials of Drafting Clear, Concise & Modern Contracts” (it’s the “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar by another name) for Thomson Reuters in Seoul on November 13, in Tokyo on November 18, and in Singapore on November 20, 2014. For more information, go here.

Regarding Canada, Ken will be giving “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars for Osgoode Professional Development in Toronto on December 3, 2014 (go here). He’ll also be doing on December 4, 2014, a workshop entitled “Advanced ‘Drafting Clearer Contracts': An Intensive Program in the Categories of Contract Language” (here). This workshop will allow participants to develop further their understanding of “categories of contact language,” the foundation for controlled drafting.

Ken will be returning to Australia in February 2015.

Ken will be giving seminars in Europe in April 2015. Details to come in late 2014.

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. The Structure of M&A Contracts 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.