Drafting reminder


Before you send out an amended draft agreement to your supervising partners, clients or counterparties’ counsels, do this:

1. Make sure you have made consequential amendments.

It’s understandable if you miss out a few consequential amendments once in a while but it gets tiring if it happens in every draft.

I sigh every time someone sends me a draft that requires me to make consequential amendments.

If you have deleted a clause or a defined term in a draft agreement, check whether you need to make consequential amendments elsewhere in the draft agreement.

“Ctrl-F” is a useful function on your keyboard. Make good use of it.

2. Run a spell check on the draft.

It’s there. Use it.

3. Check cross-referencing.

Clause 10 refers to the parties’ obligations in Clause 25.1(d). You scroll down and there is no Clause 25.1(d). How?


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 14 July 2022.

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