Drafting contracts

Annex 4 House style rules (sample)

Page settings:
Page size: A4
Margins: 2.5 – 2 – 2 – 2 (cm’s: top, bottom, left, right)
Header/footer margins: 1.2 cm – 1 cm
First page: Different first page

Headers and footers:
First page header: (empty)
First page footer: page number (centred)
Subsequent headers: page number (centred) + confidentiality notice (right aligned)
Subsequent footers: document title (centred)

Paragraph settings:
Text alignment: left aligned (not justified)
Spacing before: 0 pt, except for ‘Level 1′ (article title): 12 pt
Spacing after: 6 pt
Line spacing: Exactly – 13 pts
Widow /orphan control: On
Keep with next paragraph: Off, except for ‘Level 1′ (article title): On
Keep lines together: Off, except in tables
Don’t hyphenate: On (= do not hyphenate words)

Font settings:
Font: Arial – not: Verdana, Calibri (i.e. no screen fonts)
Font size: 11 pt
Header/footer size: 9 pt
Article titles: Bold + all-caps

Tabs and numbering settings:
Default tab stops: 1 cm
Numbering (levels 1-4): 1., 2., 3. – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 – (a), (b), (c) – (i), (ii), (iii)
Parties numbering: 1., 2., 3.
Whereas clauses: (A), (B), (C)
Definitions: Non-numbering, indentation as Level 2

Indentation:
Units: metric (per 1 cm, not per ½ inch)
Position number (levels 1-4): 0 cm, 0 cm, 1 cm, 2 cm
Tab space to first line: 1 cm, 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm
Indentation next lines: 1 cm, 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm

Captions: underlined, followed by a non-underlined full stop and space