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Practical Legal English Writing and Contract Drafting
  • Overview
  • Objectives & Outline
  • Methodology
  • Participant Profile
  • Trainers
  • Overview
    PROGRAMME DETAILS

    DATE

    6 April 2020

    TIME

    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    VENUE

    Asian Banking School

    This programme is designed to enhance its participants’ professionalism in advanced legal writing and contract drafting, and deals with expressing complex legal ideas in plain, understandable English. It is also useful for those working with contracts (legal counsel) as it enables participants to improve their knowledge of contract law and to learn and acquire the necessary skills of writing clear, concise contracts, legal texts, correspondence and various types of documents and writing. It will provide the skills and knowledge much-needed by professionals (including legal officers) to ensure that they gain a solid working understanding of the principles and basics of writing and drafting contracts.

    LEARNING LEVEL

    Advanced

    PROGRAMME FEE

    AICB MEMBER

    MYR

    1,700*

    / PAX

    NON-MEMBER

    MYR

    2,000*

    / PAX

    *Subject to 6% Service Tax

  • Objectives & Outline
    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Upon completion of the programme, participants will: 
    • Acquire the advanced skills of writing legal English and general correspondence in order to be able to write clear, concise contracts, letters and documents
    • Obtain in-depth knowledge and be able to understand in detail and express legal concepts and to peruse, understand and deal with legal documentation
    • Learn the advanced skills of drafting (and checking) legal documents more effectively in order to write more persuasively
    PROGRAMME OUTLINE

    Legal Writing Skills

    • Structure and style of legal writing
    • Strategies for effective legal writing
      • Plan, write, revise
      • Plain English – effective language style
      • Planning: know what you mean to say
      • Writing: say what you mean to say
      • Revise: the importance of self-editing your writing

    Legal letters, emails, memoranda and opinions
    • Letter writing – the conventions of letter writing, common pitfalls, legal and professional requirements
    • Writing e-mails – basic rules, legal issues
    • Writing memoranda
    • Responding to legal opinions

    Elements of good style

    What to avoid

    Summary: Writing legal documents: language and structure

    Contracts
    • Understanding contract purpose and form
      • Structure of contracts
      • Purpose
      • Terms
      • Structure and format of commercial agreements
      • Perusing and understanding contract clauses

    Workshop: Exercise on Bank’s agreement/s

  • Methodology

    Workshop, lectures, discussions and exercises

  • Participant Profile

    Legal advisory, corporate counsel and procurement officers from banks who are required to communicate and draft on an international level using precise legal language

  • Trainers

    DATIN LEE MEI PHENG

    Datin Dr Lee Mei Pheng is a senior partner, banking law consultant and practitioner at Detta Samen & Co Advocates, one of the most established law firms in Sarawak. She is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya and an Advocate of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak. She is also a Fellow of the Law Faculty at University of Malaya.

    She had previously served at OCBC Bank in Malaysia as Head of the Legal department and Assistant Vice President of the Kuching Branch in Sarawak for ten years and since 1984, been a leading consultant and lecturer for international financial institutions and large corporations. She is also a course director for Euromoney Training in Hong Kong. Her other professional contributions include being a consultant, commissioned author, editorial reviewer and specialist for LexisNexis, AICB and Oxford publications, an external assessor for business and company Law at Wawasan Open University, Penang and author of many publications.

    Datin Dr Lee holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Laws) from the University of Liverpool, England, specialising in Banking and Finance Law, with her PHD research on banking fraud. She also holds an LLB First Class Honours degree from the University of Malaya. She resides on the Gold Coast, Australia and since 2000, has been an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at Bond University, Queensland, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and Finance, as well as a Member of the Law Advisory Board, Bond University, Australia. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Malaysia (now known as Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers or AICB).


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