Basic Drafting Skills for Contracts

The course presents a very brief and basic introduction to contracts and the requirements that should be present to constitute a valid contract.
The course then continues to deal with the basic structure of a contract from beginning to end, explaining every step thoroughly.
By the end of the course the foundation would have been laid for drafting a basic understandable contract, dealing with the ‘do’s’ and ‘do nots’.
Throughout the course the delegate is subject to physical drafting of a contract as the course rolls out over two days. Although this is a ‘hands on’ course in drafting of contracts, should the delegate have any extensive experience in drafting or working with contracts, it is suggested that they rather attend the advanced course.

Who will benefit from this training?

This basic practical course will empower delegates with the basic knowledge of contracts to confi dently read and understand a contract and to look out for the loop holes, 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.

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/signatures;
  • how to draft an understandable contract –
    wording of clauses/arranging your words/ follow the correct word order/beware of cross-references/use provisos correctly; and organising your contract.

Venues and dates

See brochure above for more details

Registration fee categories (including VAT):

  • Practising legal practitioners and other staff from attorney firms: R 3 700 per person.
  • Non-practising legal practitioners: R 5 240 per person.

Course facilitators

Dr James Clark has been a practising as an advocate in the High Court of South Africa for the past 15 years. He is wellknown for civil and criminal litigation and the drafting of contracts. Due to years of litigation experience he is wellversed 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).

Course queries

Please contact Merlin September

Merlin@LSSALEAD.org.za| Tel: 012 441 4652 (direct) or 012 441 4600 (switchboard)

Course Dates

Midrand: 7 and 8 April 2020 | Time: 8:30 – 16:00

The venue will be confirmed on confirmation of registration.

Lunch/tea/coffee will be provided.