Advanced contract and document drafting

Course ID CN200309_PSK1

  • Face to Face
  • 4
  • All
  • 3.5 CPD POINTS

Do you need to take your drafting skills to the next level? Are you looking to refine and build on your drafting skills to produce powerful, precise, direct and accurate legal documents?

Join us in our half-day workshop and you will: 

  • Master different planning techniques to produce logical and well-structured documents
  • Build on your skillset so you can tailor your communications in ways that are client focused and unambiguous
  • Fine-tune and test your abilities through practical drafting exercises

The speakers are:

  • Emeritus Professor Peter Butt, University of Sydney 
  • Derek Wong, Barrister, Alinea Chambers
  • Chris Bland, Principal, Tradecraft Legal Consulting

Attendees from past intake: 

  • “very good seminar – I got what I came for”
  • “Enjoyed the seminar. Found the handouts helpful” 
  • “Peter Butt was excellent, thank you” 

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Full Price $420.00

Alumni/Member Price $378.00


Start date:

19 March 2020

End date:

19 March 2020


1.30pm - 5.30pm


The College of Law,
Level 16, 111 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

About This Course



1.30pm: Registration and Introduction


1.40pm: Contract drafting in plain English – what are the best techniques? Speaker: Professor Emeritus Peter Butt, University of Sydney
  • Document planning and structure
  • Tone and language choice
  • Managing technical terms and terms of art
  • Dealing with definitions, headings, provisos and recitals
  • Questions and discussion


3.00pm: Afternoon tea and networking opportunity


3.15pm: Interpretation of contract Speaker: Derek Wong, Barrister, Alinea Chambers
  • Rules of interpretation – a primer on the general rules
  • Common issues and recurrent disputes
  • Sources of guidance and research tips
  • Recent developments


4.15pm: Short break and discussion


4.30pm: Drafting contracts Speaker: Chris Bland, Principal, Tradecraft Legal Consulting
  • Purpose of the contract
  • Parties, subject matter, consideration, promises and rights
  • Conditions of performance, service level agreements
  • Risk allocation and frustrations and conditions for ending the contract and termination
  • Capturing the business relationship and terms of agreement in a document


5.30pm: Close


Designed for

This seminar is ideal for all legal professionals who want to improve their drafting skills


Mandatories Covered

The program covers the mandatory requirements of professional skills.


Presenter Biography

Emeritus Professor Peter Butt, University of Sydney
  • Professor Emeritus, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Founding Director, Centre for Plain Legal Language (Uni of Syd)
  • Lecturer and author in land law, native title, and legal drafting
  • Author of, Land Law (Thomson Reuters, six editions – now Butt’s Land Law)
  • Author of three books on legal drafting: Piesse’s Elements of Drafting; Modern Legal Drafting (CUP); Legal Usage: A modern style guide (LexisNexis 2018)
  • Past President of Clarity (an international plain language association)
  • Papers delivered at conferences and seminars in Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, England, Canada, United States of America, on the topics of legal drafting and land law
  • Consultant in property law and legal drafting, King & Wood Mallesons


Derek Wong,Barrister, Alinea Chambers

Derek is a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. Prior to being called to the Bar, he practised as a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Group at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), as well as working as a tipstaff to the Honourable Justice R D Giles of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Derek has extensive experience in a variety of different areas of commercial law, regulatory investigations and representative proceedings as a barrister and solicitor. He has acted for banks, multinational medical device and vehicle manufacturers, and private companies, as well as individuals.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge, each with First Class Honours.


Chris Bland, Principal, Tradecraft Legal Consulting

Chris is an experienced in-house lawyer and management executive with over 28 years of legal and business experience as a property, projects and commercial transactions lawyer in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. He was at Transfield Holdings for 21 years, where he led Transfield’s in-house legal team as General Counsel between 2003 and 2013. During that time, he negotiated and implemented commercial, investment and development deals, projects and transactions involving Transfield Services Limited, Charter Hall Limited, ADI Limited, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Perisher Blue Ski Fields, and Novatec Solar. Chris also led infrastructure project development transactions including the $650m Walsh Bay redevelopment project. He continues to undertake in-house legal project development work as a legal consultant for the student accommodation business Campus Living Villages.


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