Drafting contracts

6 Typical drafting habits and ‘legalese’

In this chapter, the focus of the book moves towards the contents of a contract. We will first look into frequently used ‘funny phrases’ such as provided, however, that and …from time to time. We will then discuss some drafting habits such as the words and/or, the mingled use of shall and will and a number of old-fashioned doublets and triplets. The chapter will end with best practice rules on drafting numbers and figures, references to date and time.