Strategic Legal Writing for Managers

Marketing Institute of Singapore - Executive Development


Course introduction

This course is about legally protective writing strategies. Nobody gets it right first time. Writing in a strategic way is as important as oral statements. Strategic legal writing is critical for solving commercial and business or engineering disputes and winning legal battles. This program gives a wide range of topics that arise in everyday tasks in a business and commercial setting. The course gives to the non-expert matters relating to drafting contracts and writing letters. When in doubt and before you write your final draft in your office, check the dictionary and then the legal dictionary. Some letters are not easily readable. Lay readers cannot understand certain documents. When not to write? It all boils down to "Clarity", using plain simple English in writing letters, office memos or documents. What to avoid when writing documents and letters. How to draft documents? Learn the modern style to write clearly, properly and effectively, in this 1 day course, which will take you through the effective strategies for a better writing of your letters and documents in your office or corporate world. Choosing the right word to write is ever so important, but also watching out for problem words with multiple meanings.



Course Pre-Requisites


  • Write in a strategic and winning way
  • Write in a practical, tactical and focused manner
  • Rely on boilerplate precedents
  • Write Plain English for maximum effectiveness
  • General Principles of Legal Writing and Drafting Letters, Memoranda and Reports



Course Outline


Writing Commercial Contracts

  • Legalese vs. simple English
  • know your reader
  • decide on what to say ;keep your ideas in check
  • grammar, style, correctness, meaning, spelling and organization
  • use present tense and shorter words
  • use definitions
  • write in paragraphs
  • be consistent
  • avoid repetition
  • omit unnecessary words which add nothing
  • be careful of muddled sentences
  • sentence structure
- avoid sentence fragments
- avoid run-on sentences
- eliminate redundancies
- avoid incorrect deletions
- use sentence structure for emphasis
  • watch out for problem words with multiple meanings or special legal meanings, vague words or confusing pairs
  • avoid negatives – why prefer the active to the passive voice?
  • how to make passive verbs active?
  • the power of punctuation
  • how to write effective letters and formal documents
  • factual instructional or informative
  • persuasive, influencing and advising
  • form, style and layout conventions
  • heading and numbering
  • tone, politeness and humanity
  • retain composure on paper
  • prompt response
  • voice of assurance
  • without prejudice letters
  • subject to contract
  • internal notes and memo
  • preparing memos, briefs and minutes
  • avoid legalese, archaic language
  • choose the right word
  • use of dictionary and legal dictionary
  • reasoning – writing a case analysis
  • preparing and organising an office memo
Practical Clauses
  • definitions and interpretation
  • commencement and termination
  • confidentiality and disclosures
  • intellectual property rights
  • standard warranties, guarantees and indemnities
  • exclusions of liability
  • liquidated damages clause
  • severability clause
  • retention of title
  • service of notices
  • whole agreement and variation clauses
  • novation
  • dispute
Structure of Standard Commercial Agreement
  • commencement
  • recitals
  • operative part
  • definitions
  • conditions precedent
  • boiler-plates
  • schedules
  • appendix
  • execution



Available Course Sessions


Course Date, Time Reg. Closes On
1 03 Mar' 17, 9.00am to 5.00pm 02 Mar' 17 Register Now
2 24 May' 17, 9.00am to 5.00pm 23 May' 17 Register Now



Trainer Profile


Prof Catherine Tay Swee Kian

Prof Catherine Tay Swee Kian is an Associate Professorial Fellow lecturing law at the National University of Singapore, Department of Strategy and Policy (NUS Business School). She is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an author of several law books. She is Associate Director of Bernard & Rada Law Corp.

Prof Tay studied law at Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated with a Master of Laws, in which she specialised in Company, Shipping, Insurance and Marine Insurance Laws. She did her pupillage under the Honourable Lady Mary Hogg in London and returned to Singapore in the law firm of Rodyk & Davidson.

Prof Tay was on the Board of Overseas Editors for the (United Kingdom) Journal of Financial Crime, an official publication of the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. She has presented papers at many conferences and seminars on Business Law, Medical Law, Company and Insolvency Laws both overseas and in Singapore. Prof Tay is an examiner on law subjects for a number of professional bodies in Singapore and overseas. She conducts in-house seminars for hospitals, banks, statutory boards, hotels, commercial firms and companies, clubs and associations.



 

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