A Plan for “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminars in Europe

A few days ago I announced that in May I would be doing “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in Geneva, Switzerland. Well, I’ve just cancelled them.

One reason was that I hadn’t given people enough notice. But there’s a bigger issue. Over the last few years, my Geneva seminars have been the only seminars I do without a partner to provide marketing muscle. That’s been OK, because I’m always happy to have an excuse to go to Geneva, but I’m never sure whether I’ll get a decent turnout.

From now on, to do seminars in Europe I’ll need a partner of the following sort:

  • A law school, to serve the function that UCL Faculty of Laws serves for my London seminars. (My next London seminar is on 4 November 2019; information coming soon!)
  • A company. The deal is that the company provides the venue, lunch, and refreshments, buys some books, and allows fee-paying outsiders to attend the seminar, in exchange for which their personnel attend at no cost. Over the years I’ve done this sort of arrangement with SAP, Maersk Line, and ABB, among others.
  • An organization for lawyers or contract managers. This could be arranged any number of ways. For example, I could do a seminar for an organization’s members, or I could offer a discount to members of an organization that promotes a public seminar to its members.

If any of this is of interest, have your people call, uh, my people.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

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