Ken Adams, the leading authority on the building blocks of contract language, will be giving his day-long “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, 9 April 2018, and again on Tuesday, 10 April 2018.
The seminars will be held at 3, rue François Bellot, at the centrally located offices of the international law firm Orrick. (Go here for a Google map.) Each seminar will be limited to 14 participants and will begin at 9.00 and end at 16.00; go here for the agenda. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The registration fee is US$700 for one person. To register two or more persons from one organization, the fee for the second person is US$600 and the fee for all additional persons is US$500 per person. Payment is by PayPal; if you’d prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact Ken Adams.
To register participants for these seminars, go here.
If you cancel at least one month before the seminar, we will refund your entire fee, minus any wire-transfer fees. We cannot accept cancellation after that.
The “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminar
Traditional contract language is dysfunctional. Ken Adams offers an antidote—a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language, based on his bestselling book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (American Bar Association, 4th ed. 2017). This book has become the standard reference work; for more information about it, go here. Participants will receive a copy at no extra charge.
This day-long seminar explores how to draft contracts that express contract terms clearly and effectively, thereby saving time and money, enhancing competitiveness, and reducing risk. Ken uses throughout examples drawn from actual contracts. Rather than simply lecturing, he uses questions and drafting exercises to encourage participation.
This seminar would be valuable for anyone who drafts, negotiates, reviews, or interprets contracts, whether a lawyer, contract-management professional, or paralegal; whether in-house or in private practice; whether junior or more senior; and whether a native or non-native English speaker. The recommendations in Ken’s book apply to all contracts drafted in English, whatever the governing law.
Many participants describe this seminar as the best continuing-legal-education seminar they have ever attended. Here are some testimonials from previous “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars held in Europe:
Ken Adams’s seminar is a superb course. It absolutely is useful in international commercial business, and it’s superior to any other course I have participated in.
I highly recommend Ken’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar, whether you’re a native English speaker or learned English as a foreign language. Unlike many other courses I have attended, this seminar provided me with new and valuable knowledge that I have been able to apply in my work. As a result, my drafting skills have improved significantly.
For any lawyer drafting English language contracts in an international environment, “Drafting Clearer Contracts” is a brilliant seminar. It offers simple and practical drafting solutions to promote clearer and universally understandable contracts.
This seminar encourages you to use straightforward language, do away with redundancies and obsolete jargon, and constantly question the adequacy of traditional usages. Non-native English speakers should find it especially valuable. Case examples and skillful presentation, coupled with Ken’s obvious passion for his subject and his sense of humor in conveying it, made the seminar truly enjoyable and persuasive.
For any European lawyer who is routinely called on to review, revise, or explain U.S.-style contracts, Ken Adams’s seminar is a blessing. He shows you that English-language contracts can, and should, be drafted much more clearly than they currently are.
For feedback from participants at Ken’s 2014 public seminar at University College London, go here.
About Ken Adams
Ken Adams is a consultant, writer, and speaker on contract drafting.
Ken writes extensively on contract drafting. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, a groundbreaking guide to the building blocks of contract language. It has been a best-seller for the American Bar Association since it was published 2004; the fourth edition was published in October 2017. He’s also author of The Structure of M&A Contracts (Thomson Reuters 2011). In 2015, the ABA Journal named Ken’s blog to the hall of fame of the “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs.
Through his company, Adams Contracts Consulting LLC, Ken helps companies improve their contracts and their contract process. He gives “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars internationally, for the public and for companies, law firms, and government agencies. He also acts as an expert in contract disputes.
Ken has taught as an adjunct professor at U.S. law schools. And he’s a pioneer in online contract automation.
As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of its initial group of 50 leading innovators in the legal profession. And in 2014, the Legal Writing Institute awarded its Golden Pen Award to Ken, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.”
A U.S. citizen, Ken was raised in Africa and Europe; he received his secondary and college education in England. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989, he practiced as a transactional lawyer with major U.S. law firms in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. He currently resides in Garden City, New York.