April 2013 “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminars in Geneva, Hamburg, and Copenhagen

Kenneth A. Adams, the leading authority on the building blocks of contract language, will be giving his day-long “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Europe at the following locations:

  • Geneva, Switzerland, on each of 8, 10, and 11 April 2013 (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • Hamburg, Germany, on each of 15 and 16 April 2013 (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, on 18 April 2013 (Thursday)

The Geneva seminars will be held at 3, rue François Bellot, at the centrally located offices of the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Each Geneva seminar will be limited to 10 participants.

The Hamburg seminars will be held at the offices of ECE, the major shopping-center operator, at Heegbarg 30, a train or taxi ride from downtown Hamburg or Hamburg airport.

The Copenhagen seminar will be held at the centrally located corporate headquarters of Maersk Line, the container shipping company, at Esplanaden 50.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at each seminar. Go here for more information about hotels and where the seminars are being held. If you have any other questions, please contact Ken Adams.

The “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminar

Traditional contract language is dysfunctional. Ken Adams offers an antidote—a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language, based on his bestselling book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (American Bar Association, 3d ed. forthcoming 2013). This book has become the standard reference work; for more information about it, go here. Participants will receive a copy at no extra charge.

This day-long seminar explores how to draft contracts that express contract terms clearly and effectively, thereby saving time and money, enhancing competitiveness, and reducing risk. Ken uses throughout examples drawn from actual contracts. Rather than simply lecturing, he uses questions and drafting exercises to encourage participation. Go here for the seminar agenda.

This seminar would be valuable for anyone who drafts, negotiates, reviews, or interprets contracts, whether a lawyer, contract-management professional, or paralegal; whether in-house or in private practice; whether junior or more senior; and whether a native or non-native English speaker. The recommendations in Ken’s book apply to all contracts drafted in English, whatever the governing law.

Many participants describe this seminar as the best continuing-legal-education seminar they have ever attended. To see some recent testimonials, go here. Here are some testimonials from previous Geneva “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars:

For any lawyer drafting English language contracts in an international environment, “Drafting Clearer Contracts” is a brilliant seminar. It offers simple and practical drafting solutions to promote clearer and universally understandable contracts.

Sandy Gros-Louis, Legal and Policy Advisor, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Central Secretariat

This seminar encourages you to use straightforward language, do away with redundancies and obsolete jargon, and constantly question the adequacy of traditional usages. Non-native English speakers should find it especially valuable. Case examples and skillful presentation, coupled with Ken’s obvious passion for his subject and his sense of humor in conveying it, made the seminar truly enjoyable and persuasive.

Karlis Alksnis, Senior Counsel, SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA

For any European lawyer who is routinely called on to review, revise, or explain U.S.-style contracts, Ken Adams’s seminar is a blessing. He shows you that English-language contracts can, and should, be drafted much more clearly than they currently are.

Arndt Welge, Corporate Counsel, VeriSign Switzerland S.A.

The registration fee is US$650 for one person. To register two or more persons from one organization, the fee for the second person is US$550 and the fee for all additional persons is US$450 per person. Payment is by PayPal; if you’d prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact Ken Adams.

To register participants for these seminars, go here.

If you cancel at least one month before the seminar, we will refund your entire fee, minus any wire-transfer fees. We cannot accept cancellation after that.

About Kenneth A. Adams

Kenneth A. Adams is a consultant, writer, and speaker on contract drafting. He gives public and in-house seminars in the U.S. and internationally, helps companies improve their contracts and their contract process, and acts as an expert witness in contract disputes. He’s also a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and founder of Koncision Contract Automation, a developer of online document-assembly contract templates.

According to The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” And in a recent opinion, Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the foremost business-law court in the U.S., described A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting as “thought-provoking” and noted that “One can even share and in fact applaud Adams’ encouragement of clearer forms of contract drafting.”

As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. He blogs at Adams on Contract Drafting; the ABA Journal included Ken’s blog in its 2012 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs.

Ken was raised in Europe and Africa, so he’s attuned to the particular challenges non-native English speakers can face when dealing with traditional contract language. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989, Ken practiced corporate law in New York and Geneva, Switzerland, with major U.S. law firms.

Go here for a list of Ken’s mentions in the press. And go here for a list of his articles.