Is Anyone Familiar with This Cross-Referencing Convention?

At yesterday’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Aarhus, Denmark, for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, one of the participants asked me whether I was familiar with the convention that has internal cross-references stated in initial capitals (Section 5.4) and cross-references to other contracts stated in all-lowercase letters (section 3.2 of the Distribution Agreement).

I said I was unfamiliar with that convention, but that it didn’t make sense to me. Have you encountered it? If enough of you have, I’ll mention it in the fourth edition of MSCD, if only to gently dismiss it.

(Don’t be alarmed—the fourth edition is a couple of years away, but I’m already collecting materials for it.)

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.