Basic Drafting Skills for Contracts Course

29 and 30 June 2023 | 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. Throughout the course, the delegate will practically draft a contract over the two days. Should the delegate have  extensive experience in drafting or working with contracts, it is suggested that they attend the advanced drafting course 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.
•    Thoroughly enjoyed learning from someone who is a master and has a passion for his work.


29 and 30 June 2023

Closing date for registrations: 28 June 2023

Note: Kindly note that this course might run over the scheduled time. Please do not arrange any other appointments for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled closing time. 

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


Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 420 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 190 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: BC, your initials and 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:

E-mail:  | Please note we only communicate via e-mail should you need more information.

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. 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 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.

Course Dates

Basic Drafting Skills for Contracts | Live webinar (Microsoft Teams)

Registration fee categories (including VAT):

•    Practising legal practitioners and other staff from legal firms: R 1 420 per person.
•    Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 190 per person.

Online course