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Drafting Commercial Contracts in Legal English

A training programme from Legal English UK which is designed for ambitious international lawyers who need to learn how to draft and negotiate international commercial contracts in English. Presented by expert Legal English language teachers with a detailed knowledge of the subject. This course may be taken online, one-to-one, at your law firm or organisation or at the regular three-day workshops we run in Covent Garden in Central London.

International Legal English Courses

Our high impact course in contract drafting in English for international lawyers.

"Very beneficial and helpful to me in my current job. Paul was an excellent teacher who was able to answer my questions with clarity."

Edualy Spirow, Oil and Gas industry


"Thank you for your hard work and support with this course. I learned an incredible amount about the subject."

Ezzat Abdelmohsen, Al Sayer Group

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Gain comprehensive knowledge of common problems, the language needed and the latest contract drafting techniques with Legal English UK's Drafting International Commercial Contracts course.


What are the objectives of this course?

Your expert teacher will focus on the "seven stars" of drafting international commercial contracts:


  • Learn to identify common errors and how to re-draft contract clauses with panache
  • Reduce risk to your organisation by learning how to draft standard contract terms
  • Understand the differences between plain English and Legal English and when to use them
  • Develop your clarity in Legal English and learn how to focus on accurate language
  • Study how to avoid unnecessarily complex sentences and work on English that is clear
  • Work on your legal writing skills to use in contracts, letters and emails.
  • Develop your negotiating skills with role-plays on the subject


Delegates on this programme are encouraged to analyse their written work and develop the skills necesssary to improve their writing in terms of structure, style, grammatical accuracy and choice of vocabulary. The programme will be based around the needs of the participants through a series of written and spoken tasks, with regular feedback and discussion on current trends in legal drafting by an expert English for Law language trainer.


Legal English for Drafting:

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


Participants will receive

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

Drafting Contracts in English:

Language Focus

Crash course in language and vocabulary

The commercial and technical vocabulary you need to know in order to successfully draft, check and amend commercial contracts.


Become familar with how to formulate accurate and natural sentences in English

Direct translations from a foreign language into English is never wholly accurate. It is important to analyse how English lawyers put words together and follow that style. Our teachers will show you how to do this.


Awareness of the correct style of English in a contract

How can a successful international lawyer get the correct balance between plain English and legalese to produce a contract that is watertight and easily understandable? We will show you how.


Awareness of how to use prepositions accurately in English

One of the most common difficulties encountered by legal English and TOLES students is how to use the correct preposition. These words are not used with any particular logic in English. For example, there are two parties to a contract (not of a contract). When you mention a deadline, payment must be made by 1 September (not until 1 September). Accurate use of prepositions is vital.


How to use collocation accurately in English

Collocation is the method of using words together in natural partnerships in the same way as a native speaker of English. For instance, in legal English why does interest accrue rather than accumulate or grow. The verb 'to accrue' forms a natural collocation with the noun 'interest'. An awareness of how collocation works can improve professionalism and accuracy in a very short space of time.


Dealing effectively with problematic words found in contracts

There are certain words in commercial contracts that create problems in use and understanding for native and non-native speakers alike. What, for example, is the precise difference between a mortgage, a charge, a pledge, a lien and an encumbrance? Does indemnify mean the same as compensate? Common misunderstandings are explained by our expert language teachers.


Awareness of which nouns are countable and which are uncountable

Warranties and indemnities are countable but information and interest are not. You cannot charge ‘an interest’ or ‘interests’ because that noun is uncountable. It is very important to learn which words in English can be made plural and which cannot.


Legal English Language Training manager Chris Mitchell states “As the world's leading provider of language courses for lawyers and legal professionals, we possess unparalelled knowledge of the language training needs of lawyers whose first language is not English. Our language courses will help you become more accurate and more natural in your use of English in contracts within a very short period of time. Our focus is informed, practical and, above all, relevant to your work.”


Course Dates

The three-day workshop takes place at Southampton Row in Covent Garden, Central London. The dates for 2019 are:

23 January to 25 January 2018

13 February to 15 February 2019


Who should attend this course?

  • In-house legal counsel
  • Law students
  • 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
  • Solicitors/Barristers


The Drafting International Commercial Contracts course is an interactive skills-based course offering in-depth understanding of how to draft contracts and improve your legal writing in English. It is built around practical learning with expert teachers. The programme is specifically designed for participants whose first language is not English. For further information on the course, fill out the form on this screen, email Legal English UK or telephone (44)0 20 3573 0182.

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