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.

18-20 Mar 2020

& 11-13 Nov 2020

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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18-20 Mar 2020
18-20 Mar 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,399.00
EUR 1,959.00
USD 2,182.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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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
+ VAT @ 20.00%
Enrol now

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  • Alstom SRO
  • Branch of LUKOIL Overseas Service BV (the Netherlands in Moscow)
  • Budapest Airport plc
  • Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd
  • Denso Europe B.V.
  • Esso Norge AS
  • European Space Operations Centre
  • ExxonMobil Business Support Center Czechia s.r.o.
  • FE Sackey Company Ltd
  • Fives
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • HaskoningDHV UK Limited
  • Hexion AS
  • Higher Education Commission (HEC)
  • ING Real Estate Investment Management Holding BV
  • IOC Television & Marketing Services SA
  • Kuwait National Petroleum Company Head Office
  • M1 Global Ltd
  • MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant Ltd.
  • Omani-Qatari Telecommunication ( Nawras)
  • Polish Oil & Gas Company
  • Qatar foundation
  • Research and Markets
  • SC Romtelecom SA
  • Soremartec Italia 8RL-Ferrero Group
  • Vilmorin & Cie

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

Elsbeth Bertheux, Senior Legal Counsel, Interxion HeadQuarters BV

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

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

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

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

the presentation was excellent, the content was interesting.

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

The course was good, however the refreshments and meals must improve. Add a few snacks & more food for lunch.

Radhika Mahass, In Legal Training

The speaker is really good

Kadi Raudsepp, Legal Director, Admiral Markets AS

The best lecture I have followed and I followed quite a few

Eliane Van Hoffelen

Very useful

Rouda Bahzad, Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation

The course is very interactive, the speaker is good although there is not much time or room to ask questions as you feel there is a programme to follow with little time

Pilar Riviere, IOC Television & Marketing Services SA


Anastasiia Bezulenko, Assistant Contracts Officer, Octagon Professionals

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


Clear, accurate, prepared, speaker was very skilled

Michela Carnini, Assistant Manager, Helsinn Healthcare SA

Very good, high level

Aart Besuijen, VP Legal - Commercial Contracting, Interxion Headquarters BV

Very good

Anastasia Iliopoulou, Legal Associate, Pharmaserve Lilly SACI

Very useful and well organised

Maria Stefania De Santis , Legal Expert , Eurocontrol

Very useful and detailed

Borislav Dakic, Director of Legal Department, Hemofarm AD

Great course

Efrat Eldan Schechter, Shamir Optical Industry

Very intensive and interactive course

Stéphane Adam, Head of Legal for Western Europe Region - IBFS, Societe Generale


Natasa Sagernik, Contract Administrator, Nuklearna elektrarna Krsko d.o.o

Pragmatic alive

Stéphane Adam, Head of Legal for Western Europe Region - IBFS, Societe Generale

Very interesting and energetic training

Anna Chara, License Agreement Specialist, Polpharma Trade Office

Overall the course (content and speaker) were high up in my expectations

Leticia Campos Buaiz, Legal Advisor, Trac Oil and Gas Ltd


Natasa Sagernik, Contract Administrator, Nuklearna elektrarna Krsko d.o.o

Really useful course

Veronica Rossi, Legal Counsel, DENSO Europe B.V.

Excellent course and a great speaker!

María Pedrosa Martínez, Contracts Lawyer, Repsol S.A.

Very concrete, useful.

Anne Mercier, legal counsel, ORANGINA SCHWEPPES

I liked everything – content, presentation and especially the speaker.

Anna Korneeva, Lawyer, JSC Polymetal Management

The course was really interesting and useful. It wasn't hard to understand the speaker or to carry out the tasks but was challenging and interesting enough.

Evgeniya Kudrova, Lawyer, JSC Polymetal Management

The course is a very useful training for non-native speakers. Through practical exercises and the interactive approach, you not only gradually improve your contract drafting skills, but also refresh your knowledge of grammar and legal vocabulary. The tips and tricks also have their relevance for contract drafting in general, regardless of the contract language.

Sophie Isebaert, In-house counsel, Honda Europe NV

Very useful course. Thanks to brilliant Mr. Simmons!

Christian R. Frick, Senior Legal Counsel, OMV Aktiengesellschaft

It was great and clear

Ohoud Almugairen , Dar Aluloom University, -

Mr Simmons helped me to improve my writing skills

Josef Gadermayr, Legal Counsel, UC4 Software GmbH

The speaker is an experienced attorney with a deep knowledge of several cultures. The course was condense and straight to the point.

Mohamad Malak, Associate Lawyer, MBC Group

It is fair for lawyers level

Ali Shabeb AbdulRahman Al Al Fuhaid , Senior Lawyer, Tawuniya