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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition

A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Third Edition
Product Code: 5070661
Author: Kenneth A. Adams
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61438-803-6
Page Count: 511
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Sponsoring Entities: Business Law Section
Topics: Business Law, General Practice, Paralegals & Legal Assistants, Reference
Format: Book - 5070661
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About the Book

With A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, Kenneth A. Adams has created a uniquely in-depth survey of the building blocks of contract language. First published in 2004, it offers those who draft, review, negotiate, or interpret contracts an alternative to the dysfunction of traditional contract language and the flawed conventional wisdom that perpetuates it. This manual has become a vital resource throughout the legal profession, in the U.S. and internationally.

This is the third edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. One-third longer than the second edition (published in 2008) and in a larger format, it contains much new material and has otherwise been revised and supplemented, making it even more essential.

This manual's focus remains how to express contract terms in prose that is free of the archaisms, redundancies, ambiguities, and other problems that afflict traditional contract language. With exceptional analysis and an unmatched level of practical detail, Adams highlights common sources of confusion and recommends clearer and more concise alternatives. This manual is organized to facilitate easy reference, and it illustrates its analysis with numerous examples. Consult it to save time in drafting and negotiation and to reduce the risk of dispute.

This manual should be of use to readers in every contract ecosystem:

  • a solo or small-firm general practitioner handling a broad range of contracts, from leases to separation agreements;

  • a contract-management professional responsible for negotiating contracts with customers;

  • a big-law associate drafting mergers-and acquisitions contracts;

  • an in-house lawyer overhauling the company's template sales contracts;

  • a paralegal reviewing confidentiality agreements a company is asked to sign;

  • a judge trying to make sense of a confusing contract provision.
Praise for the Book and Author

Read what Mark Anderson has said on his IP Draughts blog.

Read what Dan Harris has said on his China Law Blog.

Read what Brian Rogers has said on his The Contracts Guy blog.

Read what Professor Daniel D. Barnhizer has said on ContractsProf Blog.

Read what Dean Irma S. Russell has said on ContractsProf Blog.

Read what Daniel Schwartz has said on Connecticut Employment Law Blog.

Read what Luis Villa has said in his blog at tieguy.org.

Ken Adams to receive the LWI Golden Pen Award for his exemplary work in contract drafting.
Look Inside the Book

Table of Contents PDF
Preface PDF
Introduction PDF

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