Drafting Commercial Contracts in English

  • Our highly-effective 4-day course for more experienced international lawyers.
  • A maximum of 8 students per class.
  • The trainers on this course are our own specialists in the English of contracts and trainers from EMG Associates of London, who are accredited to teach drafting by the English Bar Association.
Our highly-effective 4-day course for more experienced international lawyers.

  • Course Length: 4 days
  • Location: Girton College, University of Cambridge
  • Maximum Number of Students: 8
  • Total Classroom Hours: 24
  • You will receive: A Cambridge Law Studio certificate, an EMG Associates certificate, a pack of Cambridge Law Studio stationery and a copy of our advanced commercial contracts vocabulary book all at no extra charge.

Drafting Commercial Contracts in English Outline

Your course will consist of two days’ training in English for drafting with Cambridge Law Studio teachers and two days’ training in drafting commercial contracts with EMG Associates. Lessons are scheduled from 9:00am to 4:45pm each day.

English for Drafting

This part of your training is designed to improve your accuracy and your legal vocabulary in a very short time. It includes:

  • Vocabulary crash-course
    The commercial and technical vocabulary you need to understand, draft and amend commercial contracts.
  • Awareness of accurate and natural sentence structure in English
    Often a direct translation from a foreign language into English produces clumsy results. It is important to analyse how English lawyers put words together and follow that style.
  • Awareness of the correct register of the English language in a contract
    For example, a contract should be formal but this does not mean ‘legalese’ is the right style. Plain English is the target language. However, this does not mean simple English. It is important to get the balance right.
  • Awareness of how to use prepositions accurately in English
    One of the most common difficulties is using the correct preposition because these words are not used with any particular logic in English. For example, there are 2 parties to a contract (not of a contract). When you mention a deadline, payment must be made by 1 September (not until 1 September). Accurate use of prepositions is vital.
  • Awareness of how to use collocation accurately in English
    Collocation is using words together in natural partnerships in the same way that English speakers do. A basic example of this is to ask why interestaccrues on arrears rather than accumulates or grows. The answer is that the verb to accrue forms a natural collocation with the noun arrears. An awareness of how collocation works can improve professionalism and accuracy in a very short space of time.
  • Deal with problematic words found in contracts
    There are certain words that are found in commercial contracts that create problems in use and understanding. What, for example, is the precise difference between a mortgage, a charge, a pledge, a lien and an encumbrance? Does indemnify mean the same as compensate? Common misunderstandings are explained.
  • Awareness of which nouns are countable and which are uncountable
    Warranties and indemnities are countable but information and interest are not. You cannot charge ‘an interest’ or ‘interests’ because that noun is uncountable. It is very important to learn which words in English can be made plural and which cannot.
Cambridge Law Studio say “As members of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales we have a unique insight into the language training needs of lawyers whose first language is not English. Our training will help you become more accurate and more natural in your use of English in commercial contracts in a very short period of time. Our focus is 100% practical and, above all, relevant to your work.”


Drafting Commercial Contracts

This part of your training is designed to improve your skills in drafting commercial contracts in a very short time. It includes:

  • The structure of a contract drafted in English
  • The general principles of drafting using a plain English approach
  • Replacing archaic language and deleting legal jargon
  • Exercises in contract wording and phraseology
  • An overview of cross-border contracts
  • Licensing
  • Agency
  • Distribution
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Other contracts
  • Reading and understanding international agreements
  • A joint venture agreement – a focused study
  • Exercises on redrafting poorly-drafted clauses
  • Exercises on redrafting traditionally-drafted clauses
  • Drafting Heads of Terms/Letters of Intent
  • Commercial negotiation role play
  • Drafting the operative part of a Share Purchase Agreement
  • Purchase price, warranties and indemnities, conditions precedent
  • Consolidation and review
EMG Associates say “Our strategy is based on personalised learning where we aim to develop the competence and confidence of every delegate by actively engaging them in the course. Using case studies and practical examples, delegates will be provided with a thorough grounding in this field and will gain the confidence needed to deal with international commercial agreements drafted in English more effectively.”
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