Drafting Contracts & Negotiating in Legal English
Learn how to read and draft contracts and develop your negotiating skills with this interactive course from The Legal English School. It is a practical training programme aimed at helping participants to draft clear commercial contracts. The classes are aimed at lawyers and legal professionals who are non-native speakers of English who need to learn how to read and draft contracts with power and confidence. This course may be taken online, one-to-one, at your law firm or organisation or at one of our live learning events in London.
Drafting Contracts in Legal English Course
You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the common problems, the language needed and the latest contract drafting techniques with Legal English UK's Drafting International Commercial Contracts course in London, Online, in Dubai and around the world. Say YES to a law and language course that incorporates structured practive and direct learning to enhance your skills at contract drafting.
What are the objectives of this course?
Your expert teacher will focus on the "seven stars" of drafting international commercial contracts using the UNIQUE method of Legal English teaching.
- Learn to identify common errors and how to re-draft contract clauses with panache
- Reduce risk to your organisation by learning how to draft standard contract terms
- Understand the differences between plain English and Legal English and when to use them
- Develop your clarity in Legal English and learn how to focus on accurate language
- Study how to avoid unnecessarily complex sentences and work on English that is clear
- Work on your legal writing skills to use in contracts, letters and emails.
- Develop your negotiating skills with role-plays on the subject
Delegates on this programme are encouraged to analyse their written work and develop the skills necesssary to improve their writing in terms of structure, style, grammatical accuracy and choice of vocabulary. The programme will be based around the needs of the participants through a series of written and spoken tasks, with regular feedback and discussion on current trends in legal drafting by an expert English for Law language trainer.
Summary of Course Content
- Writing legal opinions, correspondence memoranda and email
- Drafting pre-contractual documentation
- Drafting general contractual terms and specific clauses
- Negotiation skills for lawyers
- Tactics, techniques and personalities
- Negotiating key clauses
Participants will receive
- Glossary of legalese, Latin phrases and legal terminology
- Extensive course notes
- Course book(s)
- World-class language tuition from expert teachers
The commercial and technical vocabulary you need to know in order to successfully draft, check and amend commercial contracts.
Become familar with how to formulate accurate and natural sentences in English
Direct translations from a foreign language into English is never wholly accurate. It is important to analyse how English lawyers put words together and follow that style. Our teachers will show you how to do this.
Awareness of the correct style of English in a contract
How can a successful international lawyer get the correct balance between plain English and legalese to produce a contract that is watertight and easily understandable? We will show you how.
Awareness of how to use prepositions accurately in English
One of the most common difficulties encountered by legal English and TOLES students is how to use the correct preposition. These words are not used with any particular logic in English. For example, there are two 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.
How to use collocation accurately in English
Collocation is the method of using words together in natural partnerships in the same way as a native speaker of English. For instance, in legal English why does interest accrue rather than accumulate or grow. The verb 'to accrue' forms a natural collocation with the noun 'interest'. An awareness of how collocation works can improve professionalism and accuracy in a very short space of time.
Dealing effectively with problematic words found in contracts
There are certain words in commercial contracts that create problems in use and understanding for native and non-native speakers alike. 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 by our expert language teachers.
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.
Legal English Language Training manager Chris Mitchell states “As the world's leading provider of language courses for lawyers and legal professionals, we possess unparalelled knowledge of the language training needs of lawyers whose first language is not English. Our language courses will help you become more accurate and more natural in your use of English in contracts within a very short period of time. Our focus is informed, practical and, above all, relevant to your work.”
Courses takes place throughout the year. Contact Legal English UK for dates.
Who should attend this course?
- In-house legal counsel
- Law students
- Contract managers/officers
- Legal counselors - commercial contracts
- Legal specialists
- Legal advisors and consultants
- Operational legal support
- Compliance officers
- Lawyers in private practice
- Business development managers
- Marketing and sales directors/managers
The Drafting International Commercial Contracts course is an interactive skills-based course offering in-depth understanding of how to draft contracts and improve your legal writing in English. It is built around practical learning with expert teachers. The programme is specifically designed for participants whose first language is not English. For further information on the course, email Legal English UK or telephone (44)0 20 3573 0182.
"Very beneficial and helpful to me in my current role. Paul was an excellent teacher who was able to answer my questions with clarity."
Edualy Spirow, Oil and Gas industry
"Thank you for your hard work and support with this course. I learned an incredible amount about the subject."
Ezzat Abdelmohsen, Al Sayer Group