Three simple ways for clear drafting

Drafting

1. Use headers to structure your content

Let the readers know what the content is about by using headers. When the readers come to the end of a paragraph, the next header inform the readers that you are moving to the next point.

2. Use list and numbering

I am not fond of long emails peppered with questions throughout the emails. It is easier for the other party to respond if you set out the questions in a list. I prefer numbers to bullet points. It is easier to refer to point No. 18 than asking the readers to count to the 18th bullet point in the list.

3. Avoid using the phrase “including without limitation” more than once in a sentence

You‘ll get what I mean when you review a lengthy indemnity clause in a sale and purchase agreement that uses the phrase more than once. You’ll have to go back to the beginning of the clause and read it once more to see whether you miss anything.

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