Contract Drafting & Negotiation (Contract & Negotiation Masterclass)

3 days 3-5 Dec 2018, London UK £3,395.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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This course represents module 1 of Contract & Negotiation Masterclass (Modular Course)

Legal English: Contract Drafting & Negotiation' is designed to identify common drafting errors, improve their writing and drafting skills and learn advanced negotiation skills in English.

  • Improve legal writing and contract drafting skills
  • Learn how to avoid common drafting pitfalls
  • Develop an effective communication style
  • Understand the structure and terms that are common to contracts in English
  • Learn advanced negotiation skills (for commercial matters and dispute resolution) in English

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


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Arun Singh

Arun Singh is an international lawyer and consultant to an international law firm. He was formerly a partner and Head of International Commercial Law at KPMG Legal globally. He is cited and ranked in Chambers Guide of the World’s Leading Lawyers. He specialises in international investment, joint ventures, licensing of technology, R&D, M&A, energy, outsourcing and corporate governance globally. He has worked with clients such as Standard Chartered, Bank of China, KPMG, Motorola and more.

He is a Visiting Professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations at Salford University Business School, Senior Associate of Oxford University’s Institute of Legal Practice, a Visiting Lecturer to Cambridge University and a Visiting Fellow to Leeds University Business School where he focuses on leadership, cross-cultural dynamics in international business and international trade and investment.

He is the non-executive director of an international investment fund listed on the London Stock Exchange and Chairs another international investment company where he approves and selects investments, their acquisitions, sales and their structures.

He was appointed an OBE by HM the Queen in January 1999 for services to international trade, investment and intercultural management.

Arun is an editor and contributor to a number of publications, in April 2010 his book on Business and Contract Law was published by Thorogood.



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Day 1: Legal writing and contract drafting skills

Structure and style of legal writing

  • Legal letters, emails, memoranda and opinions
  • Components of legal communications
  • Plain English
  • Content organisation
  • Effective language style
  • Paper advocacy

Understanding contract purpose and form

  • Various forms and their aim
  • Purpose - general and specific
  • Terms

Preliminary agreement forms

  • Memorandum of understanding
  • Letter of intent
  • Term sheet
  • Authority to proceed
  • Scope of work
  • NDA/Confidentiality agreement
  • Subject to contract

Structure and format of agreements

  • Parties
  • Recitals
  • Interpretation
  • General terms
  • Commercial terms
  • Warranties, representations and undertakings
  • Boilerplate
  • Taxation liabilities
  • Industry specific terms
  • Intellectual property and third party rights
  • Schedules
  • Execution

General drafting pitfalls

  • Time
  • Vagueness
  • Verbosity
  • Weak grammar
  • One idea, one clause
  • Jargon and legalese
  • Active vs. Passive voice
  • Schedules and annexures
  • Punctuation
  • Precedents

Checklist and procedures for drafting

  • Style guides and best contract style
  • Instruction sheets
  • Checklist for drafting agreement
  • Checklist for drafting individual clauses
  • Deal sheet
  • Draft control
  • Standard terms and battle of the forms
  • Dealing with multiple drafts

Common terms and phrases

  • “Best or reasonable endeavours”
  • Joint and several
  • “Time is of the Essence”
  • Warranties
  • Indemnities and limitation of liability clauses
  • Termination clauses
  • “Subject to contract”

Day 2: The art of negotiating

Negotiating skills, styles and tactics

  • Basis of good negotiation - 3 A’s
  • Attributes of a good negotiator
  • Key skills in a negotiation
  • Identify your style
  • Versatility of style
  • Tactical mannerisms
  • Tactical devices

Preparing to negotiate

  • Team selection and role allocation
  • Use of facilitator
  • Fact finding and key issue identification
  • Playing devil’s advocate
  • Entry and exit positions

Models of negotiation

  • Positional
  • Distributive
  • Integrative
  • Principled

Negotiation process

  • Opening
  • Bargaining
  • Closing in agreement
  • By email
  • Settlement and evidencing compromise


  • Inequality of bargaining power
  • Dealing with hostile parties
  • Recognising the tricks people play
  • How to kick-start a stalled negotiation
  • Dealing with walkouts
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