It’s important to think about the purpose of legal drafting to do well in this exercise:

A lawyer is recording what the parties have agreed, or if it’s the first draft, this will be your client’s instructions. This is a document which will have contractual effect. Any terms which you draft inappropriately could be harmful to your client.

These are the most important points:

  • Spend a lot of time planning: think about the type of agreement, what has been agreed and how best you can set this out on paper.
  • Make sure the language is simple, relevant, clear and can’t be misconstrued. Eliminate unnecessarily wording.
  • Have a clear layout, use headings and sub-headings if they help; it should be easy to read.
  • Be consistent with your language and structure.

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