Legal English: Contract Drafting & Negotiation (Contract & Negotiation Masterclass)

2 days 21-22 Nov 2016, Hong Kong Hong Kong $3,850.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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This course is part of Contract & Negotiation Masterclass (Modular Course), which is made up of 1 individually bookable modules:

Course Overview

“Very professional and extremely beneficial in the context of my current job. Excellent Course Director”
Asset Management, PT PERTAMINA

“Great! Makes me more confident to negotiate.”
Legal Counsel, BPMIGAS

'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

Delegates will receive

  • Style guide including sample emails, letters and contracts
  • Glossary of legalese, Latin phrases and legal terminology
  • Extensive course notes

Attend both courses and save US$1,050.

Legal English: Contract Drafting & Negotiation

Advanced Contract Law

Who should attend


  • In-house legal counsel
  • 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


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.

Hong Kong
Siobhan Cool

The Course Director is an experienced in-house legal and commercial advisor, corporate secretary and employee trainer who has worked for more than 10 years with Singapore-based MNCs. Whilst in-house, she has provided advice and assisted her clients with their commercial transactions, legal drafting, corporate compliance and legal disputes. Previously, she was in private practice as a commercial litigation lawyer for more than 14 years. For 8 of those years, she was a barrister-at-law conducting criminal, civil and appellate briefs and arguing her clients’ cases in the Australian judicial system. She formerly clerked for an Australian judge, lectured at universities in Queensland and Singapore and has been a Euromoney course presenter since 2007.


Hong Kong

4-5 Star Hotel in Hong Kong

All of our courses are held in 4 – 5 star hotels, chosen for their location, facilities and level of service. You can be assured of a comfortable, convenient learning environment throughout the duration of the course.

Due to the variation in delegate numbers, we will send confirmation of the venue to you approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course. Course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

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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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