Revisiting the Model Statement of Style

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.

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.