Drafting contracts

1 General drafting principles

Each contract drafter should write a contract with only a few main drafting principles in mind. A contract should be in plain English, meaning that the language used is simple and clear. A drafter must be accurate. The contract should be consistent as regards style, structure, terminology and level of detail. A drafter may use vague terms but should be conscious how and when to use them, and should avoid ambiguities (unless it serves an intended purpose).

Furthermore, a contract drafter who works in a multinational context should have a broad understanding of the characteristics of different national legal systems and be aware of significant differences between legal cultures.