Drafting Legal Documents


Cost for BPP PD Members: £230 + VAT 3 CPD Hours
(£286.00 + VAT for non BPP PD Members Click Here for details of our membership scheme).

SRA Competence

B, C


This session is ideal for lawyers up to 5 years’ PQE


  • Introduction – tutor presentation with refresher on rules of contractual interpretation
  • Group discussion – literal interpretation versus the inquisitorial approach – the judgment in Chartbrook v Persimmon Homes and how ambiguity can lead to negligence claims
  • Introductory exercises on restricting sentence length and using tabulation
  • Group exercise – deconstructing a contract clause consisting of one sentence and redrafting it into separate sentences, avoiding subjective words and using defined terms
  • Further drafting exercises – delegates read through a series of mixed clauses (corporate, real estate, miscellaneous commercial contracts) and choose the most relevant one to redraft onto flipcharts; group critique of their redrafted work
  • Evaluation and questions

    "A certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

    Under the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence, solicitors are expected to use the Statement of Solicitor Competence to identify and address their learning and development needs. The competence statement requires the following competencies:
  • A - Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • B - Technical legal practice
  • C - Working with other people
  • D - Managing themselves and their own work

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