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      Professional Skills Course

PSC Elective - drafting skills


Synopsis

This course will help trainees to contribute efficiently to legal drafting tasks. It looks at pre-drafting disciplines, the proper use of precedents, avoiding ambiguity and other key skills.


Outcomes

As a result of attending the course, you will:

  • draft from scratch more confidently;
  • review your drafting more effectively;
  • use precedents efficiently; and
  • identify and tackle common problems

Content

  1. What makes an effective legal document?
  2. Imposing order on chaos – action before drafting
  3. Choosing the right structure
  4. Drafting tools – recitals, definitions, remedial provisions, etc
  5. Drafting clause by clause and managing detail
  6. Choosing words that work – familiarity, consistency and precision
  7. Using precedents
  8. Interpretation and the rules of construction
  9. Review and repair
  

Format

Short presentations, writing and drafting exercises including drafting from scratch, peer reviews and discussion.

Duration

3 hours

Delegates

Trainee solicitors

Maximum 20 per course

Tutors

Peter Kinch

 

 

 

 

To discuss how we can help call Linda Moran on 0114 273 83000114 273 8300.