Basic Drafting for Contracts | Online Course

Basic Drafting for Contracts | Online Course

7 & 8 May 2024 | 13:00 – 15:30

A contract is only as good as the person drafting it and therefore it is imperative that everyone knows the basic skills to drafting contracts

About this course and what the programme includes

This basic practical course will empower delegates to confidently read and understand a contract and to look out for the loopholes, which can ensnare one when completing a contract, whether it be in their personal or professional work-related life. It will also enable delegates to draft their own basic contract.

The course presents a brief and basic introduction to contracts, the structure thereof and the requirements to constitute a valid contract. By the end of the course the foundation would have been laid for drafting a simple, understandable contract while dealing with the do’s and dont’s. Should the delegate have extensive experience in drafting or working with contracts, it is suggested that they attend the advanced drafting course that will be held later this year, instead.

Course content
Introduction to contracts | the requirements for a valid contract: consensus/capacity | legally possible | physically possible | formalities the general structure of contracts | heading of the contract | parties to the contract | agreement to the contract in whole | index | pre-amble/ interpretation/definitions | specific terms/legislative clauses | common terms/ annexures | dating and location of signing the contract | how to draft an understandable contract: wording of clauses | arranging words | following the correct word order/cross referencing | utilising provisos correctly; and organising a contract.

Advocate (Dr) James Clark has been a practising Advocate in the High Court of South Africa for more than 19 years. He has a passion for drafting contracts and, he has through the Law Society of South Africa and other institutions, presented extensively on this topic. He has international exposure in the drafting of contracts for the South African Government and other international institutions and is also an internationally published author.

What previous students says

  • Thank you for a very beneficial experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the lecturer’s energy and expertise.
  • The course is very practical and the facilitator exceptional.
  • The notes are practical, and his enthusiasm is uplifting! I look forward to the advanced course.
  • Being in practice for many years, I saw this as a refreshing course. This course addresses the topic comprehensively and was well presented.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed learning from someone who is a master and has a passion for his work.
  • It was a very constructive and informative course.

7 & 8 May 2024

Closing date for registrations: 6 May 2024

Note: Kindly note that this course might run over the scheduled time. 

Both 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


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 550 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 300 per person.

How to register

Kindly note that registrations are done online. Participants should register individually, using their own email address, to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. You are required to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 – (Online registration form). Should an invoice be required to effect payment, replace the proof of payment document with a note (Word) requesting an invoice.LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: BC, your initials and surname

Register with link above

Once you have registered to participate, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that we have received your registration documentation.  Twenty-four hours before the course starts, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the course (Microsoft Teams) as well as your course material. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully. If you do not receive this said email, kindly contact Bettie Lubbe on  Attendees must ensure that they have access to MS Teams well in advance. Kindly test your link as soon as you receive it.
For more information about this course contact Bettie Lubbe:

For more information about this course, contact Bettie Lubbe on or at T: +27 (0)12 441 4670

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.
  • The course will be conducted by the presenter on the foundation of a pre-recording.  The answers to the questions, will be compiled in a document and will be emailed to all, the week after conclusion of the course. This can then be used as an addendum to the course material.
  • According to Company Policy and copyright protection, no recordings or the PowerPoint presentation will be made available after 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 Bettie Lubbe 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.
  • 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.
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Course Dates

Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 550 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 300 per person.

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