Legal Writing & Drafting

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"A great course that was highly interactive” - Past Attendee, EMC Sweden

"This was an excellent course. I came in believing I would learn only a little but at the end it is clear that there was so much I had never thought about" - Past Attendee, Total E&P Nigeria 

Course Overview:

This highly interactive course is designed to give you the drafting and writing techniques needed to operate effectively in today’s competitive markets.

It examines in detail competent writing in all forms of business communication
and at all stages of drafting, negotiating and enforcing contracts.

You will learn powerful techniques for making legal writing clearer and more persuasive, to communicate efficiently and get a good outcome for your company.

This course presents many opportunities to put these techniques into practice, to ensure you leave the course confident in your new skills.

Acquire invaluable knowledge on the following key areas:

  • Writing letters, fax and email, legal opinions and internal memos
  • Persuasive writing that gets results
  • Writing when a dispute arises
  • Drafting pre-contract documents
  • Drafting contracts – the preliminary stages and first draft
  • Drafting contracts: reading, interpreting and amending the received draft
  • Drafting pitfalls

Plus highly practical exercises:

  • Highly practical exercises in drafting a request for action
  • Improve an offer to settle a dispute
  • Review a contract and redraft various clauses


PLUS: Book this course along with English Contract Law and save £500 on the combined cost of both courses

Who should attend


  • Chief executive officers
  • Managing directors
  • In-house counsel
  • Legal advisors and consultants
  • Business development managers
  • Project financiers
  • Finance directors and financial controllers
  • Marketing and sales directors and managers
  • Trade and export finance managers
  • Contract managers



Hotel in Central London

All  courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company's exact requirements? If you'd like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company's office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course.

To find out more about running this course in-house:

Our Tailored Learning Offering

If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We'll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.


We can offer any of our public courses delivered at your office or we can devise completely tailored solutions:

Read more about our offering or complete a call back request to speak to a learning specialist.



Day 1

Writing Letters, Fax and Email, Legal O
pinions and Internal Memos

  • What is the etiquette?
  • Salutations
  • Who is your reader?
  • Common errors of grammar
  • Abbreviations and punctuation marks
  • Repetition, old-fashioned phrases, slang
  • Gender-neutral writing

Practical exercises: Delegates will review and improve draft emails and advice.

Effective Writing

  • Effective sentence writing and use of phrases
  • Headings
  • Tabulation and paragraphs

Practical exercises: Delegates will review and improve draft emails and advice.

Persuasive Writing that Gets Results

We review the most effective techniques when writing to persuade, whether in a report, recommendation, formal complaint, request for action or a written offer. We will consider the effect of tone and formality.

Practical exercise: Delegates will draft a request for action. We will then review and discuss points arising from the drafts.

Writing When a Dispute Arises

We review the law surrounding documents produced after a dispute arises, including

  • "Without prejudice" and "without prejudice save as to costs"
  • Apologies
  • Reserving your rights
  • Privilege and duties to preserve and disclose documents
  • Meeting and extending time limits

Practical exercise: Delegates will review and improve a draft offer to settle a dispute.

Day 2

Drafting Pre-Contract Documents

  • "Subject to contract"
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Memorandum of agreement
  • Heads of terms
  • Letters of intent/authority to proceed

Drafting Contracts – the
preliminary stages and first draft

  • What is the transaction – the global view
  • What are your instructions?
  • Clear and precise drafting
  • Correct use of legal terms
  • Avoiding legalese
  • "Shall" and "will"
  • Drafting time limits
  • Numbering and paragraphs
  • Interpretation principles
  • Style guide, i.e. a document which sets out the company policy on fonts, contract style, etc
  • Use of precedents and structure of the document

Practical exercises: Delegates will write a first draft of a short agreement.

Drafting Contracts: reading,
interpreting and amending the received draft

  • Ensuring negotiated points are included in the agreement
  • Drafting amendments
  • Reading, interpreting and simplifying complex clauses
  • Effective communication of the issues
  • Upward reporting

Practical exercises: Delegates will review a set of terms, identify changes needed and draft their suggested changes.

Drafting Pitfalls

The group will discuss key areas where uninformed drafting could lead to unexpected results, including:

  • Promises to negotiate in good faith
  • Promises to use best endeavours
  • Definitions
  • Translating legal terms
  • Changing the governing law
  • Areas of agreement not reduced to writing
  • Use of precedents

Close of course

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product