Transactional Writing Tips for Lawyers


Regardless of your area of ​​practice, mastering clear written communication is an essential skill. PLI offers two courses of interest to those looking to refine their drafting in transactional practice, including contract drafting.

The first is Writing for Transactional Lawyers 2022a half-day program that will teach participants how to apply the principles of effective drafting and drafting to transactional legal practice. The program will focus on the perspectives of your target audience, including customers and those who litigate and adjudicate commercial disputes.

Other topics to cover include:

  • How to apply clear writing techniques, including the use of “Plain English”
  • How to adapt your writing to meet different purposes and circumstances, including making words and numbers work, capturing all foreseeable future events, and coping with unforeseeable events
  • What your clients want their lawyer to do differently
  • Best practices for working with your fellow litigants at the drafting stage to identify potential litigation issues, draft for better results, and reflect an evolving legal landscape
  • How to manage specific contractual provisions

The program is ideal for any transactional lawyer who wants to improve their drafting and drafting skills. Register today.

Another PLI writing course focuses on contracts. The half-day program, Fundamental concepts in drafting contracts 2022will highlight fundamental, but often overlooked, drafting principles that will help both newly admitted and seasoned attorneys draft, analyze, and interpret contracts.

Unlike many other contract drafting courses that focus on the substance of particular provisions or contracts, this course focuses on the way in which the concepts are expressed in a contract, including:

  • The importance of language in contracts
  • The different categories of contractual language (including performance language, covenants, discretionary language, representations and warranties, acknowledgments and administrative language)
  • The distinction between to have to, will beand to have to
  • What is conditional language
  • The language of exception and subordination
  • The notion of judge
  • References to time (and how to use them)
  • Ambiguities related to and and Where
  • Legal archaisms (and how to avoid them)

Strong contract drafting skills are essential tools for any professional dealing with transactions or business relationships. Anyone looking to improve their drafting and drafting skills and better understand how concepts are and should be expressed in contracts will benefit from this program. Register today.

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