Advanced Drafting Skills for Contracts

18, 19, 25 and 26 October 2023 | 13:00 – 15:30
Improving your contract skills one contract at a time

About this course and what the programme includes

An intensive four sessions on how to draft contracts.

This course gives insight into commercial agreements and specifically those agreements as set out under ‘outline/ content of the course’. The legislative requirements and challenges pertaining to these specific agreements will be discussed, as well as dealing with the complicated foundation that must be taken into regard when dealing with contracts such as these.
This is not a ‘Drafting of Contracts’ course, but more of an academic approach to what must be considered when drafting such agreements correctly. Attention will also be given to the relevant legislation and case precedents forming the basis for these agreements, and the required content of such agreements to render them valid and enforceable. Drafting guidelines will, however, be presented for setting up these specific contracts.


Dr James Clark has been a practising advocate in the High Court of South Africa for the past 15 years. He is well- known for civil and criminal litigation and the drafting of contracts. Due to years of litigation experience he is well- versed in the mitigation of risk when it comes to the pitfalls of contracts. The drafting of contracts is a passion for him and he has also through the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA’s) Legal Education and Development (LEAD) division, Damelin and KMA lectured on the topic for years. He also has international exposure in the drafting of contracts for the South African government and with other international institutions. He is very knowledgeable in the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, specifically in the drafting of contracts but also in terms of litigation. He has also been the author of various legal training curriculums for a variety of institutions and is also an internationally published author. Dr Clark also carries a Doctoral in Divinity (DD).

Benefits of attending

This course will expand the delegates knowledge in terms of commercial agreements and specifically the agreements that will be dealt with in this course. The delegates will also be brought up to date on the latest legislation and case precedents pertaining to said agreements.

Course content

Introduction to commercial contracts| The general structure of a contract| Electronic contracting | Credit agreements | Surety | Cession | Acknowledgement of debt | Partnership agreement | Pre-incorporation agreements | Sale agreement movables| Sale agreement immovables | Shareholders agreement | Association agreement| Lease agreement; and Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement.

18, 19, 25 & 26 October 2023: 13:00 – 15:30
Closing date for registrations: 17 October 2023 

All sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.
Who should register?

Corporate and government legal advisors, practising legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates) and candidate legal practitioners and those who wish to improve their drafting skills.


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 3 070 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 4 120 per person.

How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there are limited places available. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 (Online registration form)LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: ADD, Your Initials, Surname


Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive confirmation that we have received your registration documentation. You will receive a system-generated e-mail with a link (Microsoft Teams) to the course at least 24 hours before the course starts. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your link (Microsoft Teams) to the course page at least 20 min before it starts.
For more information about this course contact Yolanda Singh:

Email: | Tel No. 0124414652

Please take note

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The course is conducted in English only.
  • The course will be delivered through MS TEAMS. Please ensure that you have MS TEAMS installed on your computer prior to the commencement of the course.
  • You will receive the material as well as the link to the course via email, +-24 hours before commencement of the course.  If you do not receive the said email, look in your junk mail folder. If it is not there, contact Yolanda Singh on
  • No cancellations will be accepted after the course material and link have been shared. Participants who do not cancel timeously and/or fail to attend the course will forfeit the amount paid towards this course.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, you need to do so in writing before the course link and material are shared. No cancelation will be accepted after it has been made available and failure to comply with this will result in the full fee being charged.
  • LEAD might record the course for QA purposes. According to Company policy and copyright protection, recordings or the PowerPoint presentation will not be made available after the course.
  • LSSA/LEAD shall have the right in its sole discretion to postpone or cancel tuition in any programme initially advertised and offered based on insufficient demand. Should LSSA/LEAD cancel the proposed training, registered delegates will be given reasonable notice of the cancellation and all fees paid by the delegate will be refunded.
LEAD’s training offers

LEAD is one of the largest providers of legal and professional education in South Africa and has been accredited as a legal education provider by the Legal Practice Council for 2023. LEAD provides access to quality learning that is relevant, accessible and affordable. LEAD offers an extensive range of learning activities and training options.

Course Dates

18, 19, 25 & 26 October 2023: 13:00 – 15:30

Closing date for registrations: 17 October 2023 

Session 1

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Session 3

Session 4