MEET YOUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER, KEN ADAMS
Through his company, Adams Contracts Consulting LLC, Mr Adams helps companies improve their contracts and their contract process.
He gives ‘Drafting Clearer Contracts’ seminars internationally, for the public and for companies, law firms, and government agencies. He also acts as an expert in contract disputes.
As part of its ‘Legal Rebels’ project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Mr Adams one of 50 leading innovators in the legal profession.
In 2014, the Legal Writing Institute awarded its Golden Pen Award to Mr Adams, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.”
Mr Adams writes extensively on contract drafting. He’s the author of ‘A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting’, a groundbreaking guide to the building blocks of contract language. It has been a best-seller for the American Bar Association since it was published in 2004 and the fourth edition was published in October 2017. He’s also the author of ‘The Structure of M&A Contracts’ (Thomson Reuters 2011). In 2015, the ABA Journal admitted Mr Adams’s blog to the hall of fame of the ‘Blawg 100’ – its list of the hundred best law blogs. Mr Adams has taught as an adjunct professor at US law schools. He is also a pioneer in online contract automation.
A US citizen, Mr Adams was raised in Africa and Europe and received his secondary and college education in England. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989 he practised as a transactional lawyer with major US law firms in New York and Geneva. He currently resides in Garden City,
MEET ALEX HAMILTON
Alex is the CEO and founder of Radiant Law, a ‘NewLaw’ firm specialising in managed legal services for commercial contracts. Although a self-proclaimed terrible programmer, Alex has led the development of a number of proprietary LawTech products and regularly talks and advises organisations on the LawTech landscape. Before founding Radiant Law, Alex was a Partner at Latham & Watkins and co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Technology Transactions Group. Alex has also led a number of projects that have been recognised by the Financial Times’ (FT’s) Innovative Lawyer Awards, and was shortlisted for the FT’s 2010 Innovative Lawyer of the Year award.
COME AND MEET THE AUTHORS
Natalie is Director of Studies at Cambridge Law Studio, based at Girton College, Cambridge. She is responsible for overseeing the provision of highly-practical legal English courses to legal professionals from all over the world. Before joining Cambridge Law Studio Natalie taught English in various establishments in Europe, Japan and Malaysia and is jointly-qualified in English language teaching and law. Her specialisation is the language of business law and she is the author of a bank of innovative study material on the subject of forms of business and the language of company law in particular. She is co-author of the 2018 publication Advanced Legal English.
Catherine is a founder member and current director at TOLES. She has worked in legal English training and materials development since 1997 and is passionate about providing international lawyers with relevant and practical English language skills. She continues to be outspoken about the overly-academic and archaic language training provided to lawyers by many respected institutions and is a great advocate of putting the learner’s workplace requirements at the forefront of training. She has provided legal English training at Magic Circle level and has trained British Council teachers in the provision of effective legal English classes. She is co-author with Natalie Canham of the 2018 publication Advanced Legal English.