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    Writing Effective Policies & Procedures

    The course focuses on participant who interested in improving his/her skills in writing effective Policies and Procedures.

    The course aims at familiarizing participants with the language patterns used in legal documents in English. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to draft legal texts, such as Policies & Procedures in contracts and agreements etc. which require the utmost attention to ensure the production of accurate legal documents, based on what Karl Llewellyn says “The essence of our lawyer’s craft lies in skills ...; in practical, effective, persuasive, inventive skills for getting things done.” The participants learn to understand a large number of document types and gradually become familiar with their relevant terminology and standard phrases.

    Furthermore, the course presents an elaborated overview of the sources of information that Lawyers and Non-Lawyers Drafters would find useful. This Course reduces legal risk by clarifying areas that might otherwise lead to claims. The course increases client satisfaction because documents are clearer and easier to read, thus reducing the risk of later contractual disputes.


    • Intro to Legal Drafting and the Types thereof
    • The objectives of legal documents 
    1. To provide written evidence of transactions
    2. To prevent fraud
    3. To set out future rights and obligations
    4. To record rights and obligations already conferred
    5. To set out the details of complex transactions
    • Knowledge and statement of the facts and the law
    • Review and amendment of drafts
    • Methods to be used in drafting Policy and Procedures
    • Tips and Tricks of legal drafting and how to avoid any pitfalls in both English and Arabic.
    • Develop drafting skills, which will be useful tools in all types of documents.
    1. The Drafting Skills
    2. Practice
    3. Effectiveness
    4. Persuasion
    5. Invention
    • The Drafting Process
    •     Time
    1. Estimating the time needed
    2. Time and the thinking stage
    3. Time and the composing stage
    4. Time and experience
    • The thinking and Drafting stages
    1. Recognize the thinking and drafting processes are pretty significant because “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking and an art of writing.
    2. The client
    3. Meeting the client’s requirements
    4. Obtaining the relevant facts
    • Group Discussion & Quiz
     The thinking and Drafting stages

    Recognize the thinking and drafting processes are pretty significant because “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking and an art of writing.

    1. ·        The client
    2. ·        Meeting the client’s requirements
    3. ·       Obtaining the relevant facts

    Group Discussion & Quiz

    Day (1) – Recapping

    • How to build a contract

    1. Introductory Thoughts to Drafting Contracts Contract Award
    2. The Lawyer as the Client’s Guide
    3. Which Side Should Draft?
    4. Role of the Non-Drafting Lawyer
    5. Contractual Language
    6. What makes contractual language special?
    7. Doublets and Triplets
    8. Contract Drafting Basics
    9. Boilerplate Provisions

    • Increase recognition of the use of Policy and Procedures
    • Focus on the Key words based on hands-on practice through peer to peer and working groups to improve the skills of writing

    Group Discussion & Quiz

    Day (2) – Recapping

    • Sources of Obligations

    1. Definitions of contract
    2. Essential Elements of a Valid Contract
    3. Classification of Contracts
    4. Procurement and Contracting Process
    5. Elements of a simple contract
    6. Capacity of the Parties
    7. Genuine Consent

    • A Contract

    1. What is a contract?
    2. Does the following constitute a Contract?
    3. What are Contract Terms?

    • Fundamentals of Drafting Contracts

    1. Areas of Concern
    2. How to Draft a Term
    3. Punctuation
    4. What is the “Battle of Forms”?
    5. Preparing the Contract Draft
    6. Reflecting the purpose of the transaction
    7. Analysing and mapping out the contractual transaction process
    8. Structuring the contract draft

    • Contents of the front and back of the contract

    1. Title
    2. Parties
    3. Recitals
    4. Dates
    5. Definitions
    6. Signatures
    7. Attachments, Appendices and Annexes

    • Using Boilerplate clauses, such as

    1. Governing law clause
    2. Dispute resolution process
    3. Contract variation mechanism
    4. Confidentiality obligations
    5. Assignment and sub-contracting
    6. Force Majeure
    7. Notices and communication clause
    8. Drafting exercises

    • Focus on the Key words based on hands-on practice through peer to peer and working groups to improve the skills of writing in English and Arabic
    • Improve clarity of expression in documents Increase working knowledge of implications and potential problems with Policy and Procedures.
    • Disputes Resolution Steps in drafting Policy and procedures
    • Group Discussion & Quiz
    • Post Test

    • Lawyers and Non-Lawyer Drafters who work with legal writing.
    • Contracts department staff.
    • Technical and Operations
    • Supply Chain Personnel.
    • Commercial and Finance Departments
    • Human Resources and Admin. Department
    • Managers and Senior Managers


    By the end of this course, Participants will be able to:

    • Be Knowledgeable of the different types of legal texts and the features specific to each type. 
    • Better understand the needs of their internal and external clients
    • Create more effective Policies & Procedure documents in English
    • Structure their documents using best writing practices
    • Select appropriate English language for the legal tasks they face
    • Improve the clarity and usefulness of their legal writing
    • Structure a standard commercial contract
    • Identify the key terms and conditions that they should include in a contract Policy and Procedure.
    • Use model contracts and templates as a basis for their own work
    • Draft appropriate Policies and conditions for a range of commercial activities
    • Identify unacceptably risky terms and conditions in the proposed contracts of partners, contractors, vendors, or other parties
    • Propose alternative draft wording for Policies and Procedures to protect their client’s commercial interests, when negotiating with other 

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