A Law Firm that Forbids Use of “Shall”?—Addendum

In this post I described how I had heard someone cite by name some companies and one law firm—a multi-office U.S. law firm—that had foresworn use of shall. Well, recently I had the privilege of giving a series of seminars at that law firm, and I was tickled to be able to ask two senior corporate partners whether their firm had in fact issued an edict against use of shall. They were mightily puzzled by the notion.

So to reiterate, you should be very skeptical of pronouncements that such-and-such law firm or company has banned use of shall in its contracts, unless the person speaking is from that law firm or company.

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.