The book Drafting contracts discusses techniques for avoiding ambiguities and improving the readability of an agreement and contains many best practice rules and recommendations relating to all aspects of contract drafting. It provides a helpful insight into the common core of European legal systems and highlights key differences with U.S. legal practice.
The book is an essential reference guide for in-house counsel and attorneys-at-law. Drafting Contracts addresses:
- Do’s and don’ts relating to drafting definitions, conditions precedent, covenants, warranties, dispute resolution clauses and other miscellaneous (boilerplate) provisions
- Many examples of ‘legalese’ and typical contract phrases
- Drafting style and legal culture
- Structure and presentation of agreements
- How to upstage your model contracts effectively and efficiently
- Aspects of implementing (automated) contract assembly software
This book Drafting contracts discusses phrases such as for the avoidance of doubt and excluding its choice of law principles; it explains why many miscellaneous clauses are redundant and further clarifies that in witness whereof is ‘common law language’ (and, if relevant at all, meaningless in civil law jurisdictions).
About the author
Willem Wiggers has vast experience in international commercial transactions. After his research work for which he visited several top legal institutes worldwide, Willem became an attorney-at-law (advocaat) in the M&A practice of Allen & Overy, a premier global law firm, followed by interim assignments with Philips Electronics, NXP, Royal DSM, AkzoNobel. Willem is the founder of Weagree, a global innovator that accelerates contract drafting by providing model-contract-drafting services and a leading contract automation application.
Willem also wrote other books: Cross-border contracting – How to draft and negotiate international commercial contracts (published by the ITC, a joint agency of the United Nations and WTO), to which Willem is a consultant. International commercial contracts – source materials (published by Allen & Overy and by Kluwer Law International).
Feedback from readers
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