In English law, there are specific rules about pleadings and other legal documents. Every practitioner needs to be able to draft legal documents in an effective way whilst at the same time, conforming to the rules and practice.
On completion of this module, participants should:
- understand the content and requirements of formal legal documents in the core practice areas
- understand the principles of good drafting and editing
- be able to explain their own and others’ drafting.
Element I: Drafting and amending documents
Participants should be able to draft and amend basic documents or provisions that:
- demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legal, factual and procedural issues
- meet all formal legal or other requirements
- demonstrate a considered choice, use and adaptation of templates or precedents
- are in prescribed or generally accepted form.
Element II: Style of drafting and amending
Participants should be able to draft and amend documents that:
- use accurate, straightforward and modern language
- use correct spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation
- are easy to follow, internally consistent and free of ambiguity
- use recitals, definitions and boilerplate correctly and appropriately
- have a clear, logical, consistent and appropriate structure, layout and use of numbering and schedules.
Element III: Explaining and editing
Participants should be able to:
- explain in clear and simple terms the meaning and effect of basic documents and the possible implications for the client
- review and edit their own and others’ drafting to identify and correct omissions, errors and unnecessary provisions
Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly.