In a 2009 post on AdamsDrafting I suggested that if an organization wants to adopt a style guide for contract drafting, the sensible option would be to piggy-back off of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. And I linked to a document that would allow an organization to do just that. I called it a “model statement of style for contract drafting.”
I’ve decided that it’s time to dust off that concept and give it some air time. I created this page explaining the concept; you can also access it under the “Resources” item in the menu bar, and from the “Resources” sidebar. And that page contains a link to a new version of the model statement itself (here). (I tidied up the prose somewhat.)
You might take issue with the “model statement” concept, or with some of the details. But I don’t think anyone could argue that if you want a truly rigorous contact process, adopting a style guide is a do-not-pass-go first step. Don’t do that and you’re left with making stuff up.