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Drafting International Commercial Agreements in English

The complete guide to drafting and negotiating clear and concise commercial agreements in English. Presented by expert linguists with extensive experience in commercial law.

11-13 Nov 2020

& 24-26 Mar 2021 , 16-18 Nov 2021

GBP 1,399
EUR 1,959
USD 2,182

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Course overview

Most international agreements are drafted in the English language irrespective of the nationality of contracting parties. Language errors in the text and unclear and inconcise phrasing cause confusion and can ultimately lead to a dispute if they go unnoticed. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the common pitfalls, key areas of risk and up-to-date drafting techniques in English to ensure you protect your organisation against unnecessary risk.

What are the objectives of this programme?

  1. Learn how to recognise drafting inaccuracies to effectively re-draft poorly written clauses
  2. Draft effective standard clauses that can be used across the organisation to manage exposure to legal risk
  3. Understand the principles of using plain English within your contract to reduce uncertainty
  4. Focus on agreement structure, linguistic clarity and accuracy to draft with confidence
  5. Discover how to avoid over complex sentences and structures to limit the risk of dispute
  6. Develop more effective legal writing skills that can be used in all your business communications

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers working in industry and government
  • Lawyers in banks and financial institutions
  • Lawyers in private practice
  • Lawyers and corporate executives involved in the drafting of contracts in English

Programme at a glance

Day one

Drafting contracts in clear English

Structure and terminology of contracts



During this session participants will work through exercises both individually and in groups to develop their knowledge of legal vocabulary.

Day two

Email and letter writing with precision and clarity


The participants will apply the principles above by re-drafting a badly written piece of legal correspondence.

Principles of proof reading legal documents

Contract drafting

Legal vocabulary

Delegate contributions

Day three

Advanced drafting skills

Legal advice


Exercises on the use of prepositions and countable nouns in a legal context.


Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons LLB (Hons) in Law with French LLM, RSA CETEFLA. Alan is a highly experienced trainer of legal English who has been working with international lawyers across the globe for over 20 years to enhance their skills at drafting concise and watertight clauses in the English language. He qualified as a solicitor in England and has passed the New York Bar with a view to becoming a US qualified lawyer. He studied law in the UK, Strasbourg and the European University in Florence and then went on to train as a solicitor in an international law firm and practised in commercial law in law firms in London. He has used this experience to successfully train legal staff from junior counsel to judges in all elements of international commercial law across the world. Alan is a dynamic trainer and applies a highly interactive style to ensure complete understanding and an enjoyable learning experience.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 17.00 hours

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11-13 Nov 2020
11-13 Nov 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,399.00
EUR 1,959.00
USD 2,182.00
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24-26 Mar 2021
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16-18 Nov 2021
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  • Societe Generale Bank & Trust
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  • UEFA
  • Zahir
  • ZAO Alcatel-Lucent

The course provides a clear and relevant overview of the most important lessons for drafting contracts and I received many practical and useful tips. Alan is very clear in his communications and is able to explain everything very well and keep the course interesting for the whole three days. The course definitely enables you to put the lessons learned into practice right away.

Raph Dijkstra, Junior Legal Counsel, Royal HaskoningDHV UK Lts, Nov 19

The speaker was very professional and I particularly liked the usage of plain English for drafting commercial contracts.

Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, Chief Contractual Consultant, Sivath & Associates Sole Co., Ltd, Nov 19

Very good speaker, friendly with a lot of knowledge and patience. Practical hands on course. Excellent.

Elsbeth Bertheux, Senior Legal Counsel, Interxion HeadQuarters BV, Mar 19

This was a great training. Thanks to the speaker's interactive approach you have the opportunity to learn a lot on contract drafting, legal vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. Finishing touch are the proverbs. The training is useful for non-native speakers. Tips and tricks are included in the training material.

Tinneke De Boeck, Paralegal, Terumo Europe NV, Mar 19

I liked it. I will consider coming back for other courses conducted by Falconbury.

Hammad Al-Hammad, Legal Researcher, Saline Water Conversion Corp., Mar 18

Alan Simmons is an excellent individual with amazing teaching skills.

Radhika Mahass, In Legal Training, Mar 18

The presentation was excellent and the content was interesting.

Sandrine Foster, Head of Purchasing Group / Contracts Officer, EUMETSAT, Mar 18

I really enjoyed the training and I learned a lot. More than I expected. The content was good. Good mix of language/grammar/spelling exercises and drafting exercises. Lots of opportunity to ask questions and to discuss plenary. Engaging speaker.

Marjon Vloedbeld, International Legal Counsel / Advocaat, Ranstad Holding nv, Mar 18

The speaker is really good.

Kadi Raudsepp, Legal Director, Admiral Markets AS, Nov 17

Mr Simmons is an expert in the topic and has great linguistic skills that are very helpful. He has a remarkable capacity to pass on his (considerable) knowledge in the clearest way and is very encouraging. The course was clear, dynamic and to the point. The best lecture I have attended.

Eliane Van Hoffelen, Mar 17

Very useful.

Rouda Bahzad, Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation, Nov 16

Excellent. I liked that we were well prepared by the speaker for all exercises. Alan gave us the e ssentials of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in a shortened but accessible fashion. The training was interactive so it was easy to keep focus.

Anastasiia Bezulenko, Assistant Contracts Officer, Octagon Professionals, Mar 16

The course is very interactive and the speaker is good.

Pilar Riviere, IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, Mar 16

Three intensive days, proactivity required (which is really appreciated) and an excellent teacher!


Clear, accurate and very skilled speaker.

Michela Carnini, Assistant Manager, Helsinn Healthcare SA, Nov 15