A good speech is like a skirt – it should be short enough to be interesting and long enough to cover the essentials Churchill
The same is true of a good contract. Short enough to be read. Long enough to cover the essentials.
As a contract drafter, simplicity means using the right words in the right places to make sure your reader understands your message first time. Simple words are elegant and immediate. This might seem a contrary notion for a lawyer, but bear with me!
Simplicity is as easy as ABC: Accuracy Brevity Clarity.
Simplicity also means choosing tools which are clear, bold and relevant. Simplicity gives you confidence. Once your contract is simpler to read, then your business partner will read it. Once they read it, they can ask questions, explore options, check their understanding and work with you to record exactly what you want to agree to. And after that, getting you and your partner to do exactly what you’ve promised is simpler. We cannot guarantee there won’t be hurdles or blips. But the risk of disputes is reduced when you trust your partner and your contract.
Success Using Simplicity
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction Albert Einstein
Making your contract simpler gives instant benefits. The ABC of Simplicity produces an ABC of outcomes:
When your business partner understands your contract, they are far more likely to act on it. This produces better contract administration, great project results and helps change the world. What more could you want?
When you business partner understands your contract, they can choose to like what you stand for. Your contract can say what’s different about your company. Your contract can help you stand out from the crowd, and be distinctive.
When your business partner understands your contract, especially if you are simplifying a complex series of operations on a project, you gain credibility and, perhaps, a touch of genius. It also gives you confidence.