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Drafting Effective Contracts: Balancing Perfect Precision with Cost and Time Constraints with Charles Fox


Live webinar with chat*
includes 30 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)


*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee

Save $25
Register on or before April 6, 2018
$135.00 + HST


Register after April 6, 2018
$160.00 + HST


ON: This program is eligible for up to 1.5 Substantive hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

SK: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

NB: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

Lawyers in all other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their actual attendance at the program towards their CPD requirement/plan.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario, and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Technical Information:

Live webinars allow you to hear faculty and see their presentation slides, and ask questions by chat. There is no video feed of the presenter(s). You will need a current web browser (Chrome 11, Safari 5 and up, Internet Explorer 8 and up - do not use Firefox), a wired (better than wireless) connection to the Internet of at least 2 Mbps, and Adobe Flash Player 12 or higher. You can test your internet speed/bandwidth here. You can find out whether you have Adobe Flash Player installed here. You can download the player directly here. If you miss the live program, you can access the archive, at your convenience, for 30 days.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Satisfaction Guarantee: At Seminar Partners, we guarantee the quality of our programs. In fact, 98% of our participants say they would recommend the program they have taken to their colleagues. If, after having attended a program in its entirety, you are not satisfied that the program has enhanced your understanding of the subject, and you notify us of this in writing before leaving the venue, we will give you a credit toward another program of comparable price.

Who Should Attend

This course is a staple in new transactional lawyer development, a convenient refresher for experienced business lawyers, and an essential guide for general practitioners.

About the Program

Lawyers face a difficult challenge when they draft contracts - creating a document that accurately reflects the business deal or relationship while also meeting client timelines and cost constraints. This information-packed, how-to webinar focuses on finding the practical balance between these often conflicting imperatives - perfect precision and clarity, on the one hand, and time pressure, cost considerations and practical necessity on the other. Using over a dozen, real-world, instructive before and after examples, noted contract drafting instructor Charles Fox will share essential considerations for undertaking this important cost/benefit analysis, and offer advice for when and how to sacrifice perfect precision in favour of other client goals. You’ll learn why precision is important, why precision is sometimes an elusive goal, why and how we sometimes use imprecise terms to achieve agreement, and when precision is absolutely necessary. You’ll return to your practice more confident in your ability to negotiate and draft effective contracts that meet your clients’ needs.

Meet Your Presenter

Charles Fox

Charles Fox is the pre-eminent teacher of transactional law practice knowledge, skills and know-how in North America. He is the author of Working with Contracts: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You (2nd ed. 2008), the leading book on contract practice for junior lawyers and other professionals involved in the negotiation and review of contracts. He spent 22 years as a lawyer structuring, negotiating and documenting complex debt transactions. In 2005 he launched Fox Professional Development LLC. Since then, he has conducted hundreds of training programs for clients across Canada and the United States, and in Tokyo and Hong Kong. He is an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School and the University of Alabama Law School, and has presented at Cardozo Law School, Emory Law School, Pace Law School, and Northwestern University School of Law.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

The difference between expository writing and contract drafting

Why precision is important

  • Two important functions of precision

Why precision is sometimes an elusive goal

  • Time and cost considerations
  • Negotiating dynamics and the drafting process
  • Strategic considerations
  • Errors

How we use imprecise terms to achieve our clients’ objectives

When precision is absolutely necessary

  • Key performance requirements
  • Provisions involving calculation and measurement

Wrap-up and Program Evaluation

Praise for Charles Fox

“Very helpful; it was sufficiently advanced but also easy to follow and understand…Terrific.”
“Extremely engaging presenter with a fantastically practical approach. This is one of the best seminars I have attended.”
“I literally was able to use the information I learned the next day while reviewing a contract.”
“Excellent ability to explain tough legal concepts in plain English.”
“Most worthwhile CLE I have done. Excellent instruction.”
“Wonderful program. Practical information on how to not make serious errors.”
“Would absolutely recommend. Most CPD programs are not on point and are aimed exclusively at junior lawyers. Not this one – nice change.”


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