Ken Adams’s Drafting Clearer Contracts presentation is a uniquely rigorous overview of issues relating to contract language and layout and is based on his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. (For information about the book, go here.)

Ken has done hundreds of in-person Drafting Clearer Contracts presentations around the world, both public and in-house (for government agencies, companies, and law firms). But with the pandemic, he now offers this presentation online. See for example this July 2020 blog post about Ken’s presentation for the Nigerian Bar Association.

The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say. It’s suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Ken has to say comes as news to even senior lawyers. It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short redrafting exercises.

For the in-person version, Ken can do a three-hour version, a day-long version (09.00 to 16.00 or 17.00), or anything in between. For the online version, Ken can do a three-hour version or a version with two three-hour sessions spread over two days. For a sample agenda for the latter option, go here.

For some testimonials from in-person participants, go here, here, here, and here.

If you would like to arrange an in-house presentation, whether online (the only option for now) or in-person (soon, we hope), contact Ken.


Thousands of people have attended Ken’s Drafting Clearer Contracts in-person and online presentations. Here’s what three of them had to say.

(To explore more feedback, see these posts.)

The program was highly recommended by a colleague and I now understand her enthusiasm. I have attended quite a few seminars and yesterday was the most worthwhile and the best return on investment.

Ken’s a fabulous presenter. He’s capable and quick-witted, and a joy to learn from. I heard rave reviews from colleagues, and it’s all true.

Thank you, master, I for one am in awe of your linguistic and grammatical rigor!