Courses for lawyers/ native speakers of English

Drafting for litigators (PSC elective and for qualfied)

This course helps trainees and newly qualified solicitors learn how to draft litigation documents and how to avoid some of the traps. It covers guidelines to ensure that drafting is clear and precise.

Key details

Course length

Four hours

Who should attend this course?

Trainees or solicitors with up to a year's PQE, or both

As a result of attending, you will be able to:
  • draft and structure litigation documents
  • use appropriate precedents
  • avoid the main traps specific to litigation drafting and the content of litigation documents

Note: content may differ between courses for trainees and courses for qualified lawyers. Courses can also be tailored to be practice area specific or to meet other firm needs


This course will cover:
  • General review of composition of legal documents
  • General review of drafting language, focusing on clear drafting
  • The main traps faced when drafting litigation documents
  • Consideration of structure and content of specific types of documents used in the context of litigation
    • Letters
    • Witness statements and affidavits
    • Statements of case
    • Forms
    • Bundle indices
    • Instructions to counsel
    • Orders and settlement agreements
    • Skeleton arguments
    • Internal memoranda
    • Attendance notes
    • Research notes
  • Some writing myths exploded
  • Exercises throughout, working individually and in small groups, analysing, deconstructing and redrafting of poor drafting

Dates & fees

Public courses: no dates are currently listed. Please contact us to find out the next likely dates.

The course is available as tailored in-house training and one-to-one training. Please contact Stella Styllis to discuss the options and for a quote.

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