Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts: An Advanced-Level Workshop

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This practical one-day course will help you improve how you draft, understand and work with contracts.

It's an advanced-level course for lawyers and commercial managers with at least two years’ experience of drafting the detailed terms of contracts, and who want to increase their technical understanding.

You'll learn:

  • practical suggestions for better drafting
  • how to deal with the imperfect drafting you may encounter in negotiations
  • about the courts’ approach to interpreting contract wording

Please note: This course has been designed to complement (and minimise overlap with) the Drafting Clearer Contracts course run by Ken Adams.

This course is run by UCL Faculty of Laws.

Course content and structure 

Topics covered will include the following:

  • Why legal drafting is often sub optimal
  • Examples of good and bad drafting practice
  • Techniques for clear business writing, and variations for drafting contracts
  • Conventions, traditions and assumptions in contract drafting
  • Contract drafting in the real world
  • Contract drafting with an eye on the courts
  • Special ‘plain English’ requirements for consumer contracts

This is a practical workshop and you'll learn through studying case studies and group discussions as well as presentations.

Who this course is for

This course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least two years’ experience of drafting the detailed terms of contracts, including legal terms.

It's not suitable for beginners or people who draft contracts only occasionally.

Learning outcomes

By the ind of this course you should have a better understanding of

  • the building blocks of effective contract drafting, including getting clear instructions
  • using clear but precise language, the benefits and limits of plain English, recognising and avoiding legal jargon
  • the court’s approach to interpretation
  • the different approach required for consumer contracts

Pre-course preparation

Although not essential, you may find it helpful to read the following practitioner texts as preparation for the workshop:

  • Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts, Mark Anderson and Victor Warner (3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)
  • A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses, Mark Anderson and Victor Warner (3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)

Cost and concessions

The standard price is £600.

Discounts are available for UCL alumni and group bookings.

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Course team

Mark Anderson

Mark is a practising solicitor, who is recommended in Chambers Directory for both life science transactions and IP. He's recommended in the international guide, IAM Patent 1000, as a leading UK lawyer in the field of IP licensing. His blog on IP contracts, IP Draughts, was made a member of the Blawg100 by the American Bar Association in 2012. He's a Certified Licensing Professional (a qualification established by the Licensing Executives Society (US and Canada)) and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.

He's run CPD courses on IP and contract subjects since the 1990s. He is a visiting lecturer at the UCL Faculty of Laws, and is the course director of a 5-day course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which is run by UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law. This course has won two awards: a Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended) in the Learning and Development category, and a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award.

Course information last modified: 05 May 2017, 11:32