Welcome to the 'The Essentials of Drafting Clear, Concise & Modern Contracts' Masterclass

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku,
2 Chome-2-1 Tokyo, Tokyo 160-8330 (47th Floor, Akebono Room)
Date: 17 November 2015,
Registration: 8.30am to 9.00am (Japan Time)
Event: 9.00am to 5.00pm (Japan Time)

ALB is pleased to present internationally renowned contracts expert Ken Adams for one day only in Tokyo. This hands-on seminar explores how to draft contracts that express deal terms clearly and effectively, saving you time and money, enhancing your competitiveness, and mitigating risk. Rather than simply lecturing, Ken uses interactive exercises, encouraging participation and addressing practical considerations related to the drafting process. This seminar is valuable for both junior and senior legal professionals, with tips that apply to all contracts drafted in English, whatever the governing law.


  • Practical skills from a global industry leader
  • The problem with traditional contract language
  • How efficient contract drafting can benefit your business
  • The basics of rigorous contract language and layout
  • Why revising your contract process can improve contract language


Lawyers • In-house counsel • Paralegals and managers in law firms and corporations • Contract managers • Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts


Each participant will receive, at no extra charge, a copy of the latest edition of Ken Adams’s book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. The seminar explores issues addressed in detail in this one-of-a-kind book that has become a valued resource for the legal profession.


"A potentially very dry subject was delivered seriously, but with humour. There were lots of opportunities to discuss the changes of language proposed; useful tips to take away; and, of course, a copy of the book!"

"Ken Adams was an excellent presenter—supremely knowledgeable about the subject and very humorous in his delivery."

"The best contract-drafting training I have ever participated in."

"It is a revolution for legal professionals and basically renders irrelevant what I learned previously. But I like it!"

"A highly practical and user-friendly approach to the subject that can immediately be put into practice."

"Very helpful. Especially for us non-native speakers, because we always follow the traditional pattern of contract templates without knowing why."

Agenda for 'The Essentials of Drafting Clear, Concise & Modern Contracts' Masterclass

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8:30 Registration

9:00 The state of contract drafting

  • Costs and causes of deficient drafting
  • Goals for the program

9:20 The Front and Back of the Contract

  • Title and introductory clause
  • Function and layout of recitals
  • Traditional recital of consideration
  • Concluding clause
  • Role of exhibits and schedules

10:10 Categories of Contract Language

  • Different categories of contract language and their function
  • How to distinguish between categories
  • Why does it matter?

10:30 Break

10:45 Categories of Contract Language, cont.

11:45 Layout

  • How to present sections, subsections, and enumerated clauses
  • Using Adams’s enumeration scheme
  • Issues of typography

12:05 Using Defined Terms

  • Two kinds of definitions
  • Role of the definition section
  • Using an index of defined terms

12:30 Luncheon 

13:30 Ambiguity and Vagueness

  • Different kinds of ambiguity
  • How to avoid them
  • How to use vagueness

14:10 Select Usages

  • Problematic words and phrases
  • Clearer alternatives

15:00 Break

15:15 Drafting as Writing

  • Some general principles of good writing that apply to contract drafting

15:30 Bringing It All Together

  • Redrafting sample provisions

16:40 Effecting Change

  • The individual
  • The organization

17:00 End

Speakers for 'The Essentials of Drafting Clear, Concise & Modern Contracts' Masterclass


Ken Adams, Author, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting

As the leading authority on contract language, Ken Adams has successfully coached people around the world in drafting clearer contracts. His groundbreaking book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting has sold tens of thousands of copies internationally since it was first published by the American Bar Association in 2004. The Legal Writing Institute has announced that Ken is to receive the Golden Pen Award for 2014, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.” As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal named Ken one of its initial group of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. And the ABA Journal included Ken’s blog in its 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs. Ken is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School. For more information about Ken and his activities, go to www.adamsdrafting.com.

Contact Us

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Register for 'The Essentials of Drafting Clear, Concise & Modern Contracts' Masterclass

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Regular price - USD1500

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Price includes the seminar, luncheon, course materials, and a complimentary copy of Ken Adams’s book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.