Drafting contracts

(e) Bullet points

Best practice rule. Do not use bullet points in contracts.

  • Bullet points are difficult to address in a conversation. For example, imagine the confusion at the following roundtable discussion: “we disagree with the obligations reflected in bullet point seven and with the fourth sub-bullet point of the second bullet point on page 3. To start with the first…”).
  • Indentation is only clear to two levels (i.e. bullets and sub bullets).
  • It is impossible to make a cross-reference to a bullet point.

Nevertheless, if you do use bullet points, use an indentation style consistent with the sections or subsections.