Another Second Edition of a Book on Contract Drafting

Maybe it’s sunspots. Or something in the water. At any rate, another second edition of a book related to contract drafting has just been published. This time it’s Charles Fox’s Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You. (Click here to go to the Amazon page. Note that Amazon’s a little confused, in that the cover image on display is that of the first edition.)

As its title suggests, Working with Contracts aims to introduce junior lawyers to all aspects of the contract process. Here’s a list of the chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. Building Blocks: The Basics
  3. The Lawyer’s Functions
  4. Principles of Effective Drafting
  5. Drafting Techniques
  6. Review and Interpretation of Contracts
  7. Amendments, Waivers and Consents
  8. Form and Formalities
  9. Building Blocks in Detail
  10. Miscellaneous Provisions; Miscellaneous Thoughts
  11. Glossary

I haven’t yet seen the second edition, but it appears to have about the same number of pages as the first edition, so it presumably reflects discrete adjustments rather than wholesale changes.

And by the way, if you read both MSCD and Working with Contracts you’ll see that on a number of issues Charles and I offer differing advice. Here’s to the marketplace of ideas!

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.