Drafting Commercial Contracts Some Practical Ideas

Christopher Parr, Director, Courtney Consultancy Ltd, UK

Over 35 years of working with legal documents I have seen more horrors than is healthy: services agreements with goods warranties wallowing in the undergrowth; clauses that ran for hundreds of unpunctuated words and contradicted themselves as they went; documents that were so opaque that even the original writers didn’t know what they really meant! It’s clear that drafting contracts or, more accurately, drafting good contracts is not as easy as A, B, C. It’s a skill and a craft; something to be studied and worked at; something to be thought about and focused on. In short, contract drafting is more than just writing things down.

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Contract General August 2021 Vol.14, No. 56, Summer 2021

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Christopher Parr is a Solicitor qualified in England and Wales. He has more than 33 years of practice experience, including as a Regional General Counsel (EMEAA) and Vice President, Legal Affairs (EMEAA). His employers have included Conoco, Air Products, Monsanto, Harsco and ON Semiconductor. Chris is now working from London for The Legal Director. His specialities are commercial contracts, commercial risk management, joint ventures and commercial dispute mediation.

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The Legal Director is a regulated Solicitor's practice that provides in-house legal services on a consultancy basis.

Contract General August 2021 Vol.14, No. 56, Summer 2021