“Shall Never”

Today I encountered shall never in a contract. I think it’s a form of rhetorical emphasis—you’re saying the same thing as shall not, but you’re also banging your shoe on the table. So I never say shall never.

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.