Liabilities, Damages and other Contentious Issues in International Commercial Agreements

Understanding the detailed law of damages and liabilities for the purposes of negotiating and drafting international contracts governed by English Law

5-6 Mar 2020

& 14-15 Sep 2020

GBP 1,299
EUR 1,819
USD 2,026

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Course overview

Reduce your exposure to risk and liability in your contracts in two essential days

Now is not the time for weaknesses in your commercial contracts when risk and liability have to be kept to a minimum. During the negotiation of international commercial agreements, the exact exposure in relation to damages is often not properly identified, anticipated or understood. Frequently, the parties are:

  • Unaware of the true nature of the law of damages in the chosen governing law of the contract
  • Unaware of the fundamental differences of approach in the Common Law and Civil Law systems
  • Unaware that their attempts at limiting or excluding their liability may be ineffective

This specialist two-day seminar has been specifically developed to focus exclusively on this subject. The seminar offers a wide-ranging and detailed understanding of the law of damages under English law with comparisons to Civil Law jurisdictions. Presented by an international specialist in the field, the seminar shall enable participants to effectively draft and negotiate contracts with knowledge and confidence.

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers working in business, government and private practice
  • All those working in a legal context but not necessarily having law as their underlying professional qualification, including contract managers, commercial managers and directors

Programme at a glance...

Day one

Key differences in civil and common law

Pre-contract agreements – background and drafting

Warranties, representations, guarantees and indemnities

Exclusions, limitations and maximum liability

Force majeure, frustration and economic hardship

Practical workshop where, using a case study as a basis, clauses will be examined that are interpreted differently in different jurisdictions

Day two

Direct, indirect damages and consequential loss

Q & A interactive session – identifying types of damages

Liquidated damages and penalties defined – comparative analysis

Choice of law, jurisdiction and arbitration: Part 1 – choice of law and jurisdiction

Choice of law, jurisdiction and arbitration: Part 2 – arbitration and dispute resolution

Practical workshop where, using a case study as a basis, clauses will be examined that are interpreted differently in different jurisdictions


Arun Singh OBE

Arun Singh (Prof) OBE, FRSA is an international lawyer and consultant to an international law firm. He was formerly a partner and head of commercial law at KPMG Legal and partner at Masons (now Pinsent Masons).
Arun has advised on disputes and collaborations in a wide range of jurisdictions including Europe, countries in West and East Africa, India, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Pakistan, Libya, Jordan, Syria, the US, Caribbean, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Thailand and Singapore. Arun is cited and ranked in the Chambers Guide to the world’s leading lawyers. He concentrates on international investment, joint ventures, licensing of technology, research and development, M&A, energy, outsourcing and corporate governance in developed and emerging markets; he also handles international legal risk management matters. Arun advises a range of international organisations and is a visiting professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations at Salford University Business School, senior associate at Oxford University’s Institute of Legal Practice and teaches international leadership and negotiations at the University of Cambridge. He has facilitated programmes in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.
He is a recognised corporate educator and a non-executive director of two international investment companies – one of which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, chairing the Audit Committee and Investment Committee.
He was appointed an OBE by HM the Queen in January 1999 for services to international trade, investment and intercultural management. Arun is an editor and contributor to a number of publications including Business and Contract Law (a Thorogood Special Report) and How to Lead Smart People – Leadership for Professionals (Profile Books), a facilitator for company programmes and an experienced speaker at international corporate conferences.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 11.00 hours

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5-6 Mar 2020
5-6 Mar 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
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14-15 Sep 2020
14-15 Sep 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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The course was well presented, informative and relevant for anyone drafting and negotiating international contracts. Fantastic Course.

Sebastian Gruson, Head of Legal Department, Boehringer-Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

It was a very well structured course with an excellent and experienced lawyer as a speaker. Ideal for in-house counsel as a refresher but also good opportunity for networking with other legal counsel from different industries. I enjoyed Arun's positive way of lecturing, with many anecdotes and answering each question. Not too slow nor too fast.

Sunia Ali, Legal Counsel, ROSEN Swiss AG

Great course, great speaker. I am better equipped to negotiate international contracts and understand the other parties' minds.

Agnès Audoin, Legal Affairs Tech Ops & IT, IPSEN Pharma

Lecturer with great communication skills, pragmatic approach and great capacity of involving the audience and help them to make a brainstorming on specific topics.

Vincenzo Gallo, Legal Counsel, CHEMO AG, Vienna, Lugano Branch

Engaging and entertaining. [The speaker was] very effective at presenting!

Elaine McDonnell, Commercial Manager, Bühler UK Limited

The course was very well conducted by Mr. Singh, mixing well theory and practice. Very complete and challenging programme. The course will help me to better understand and draft Contracts governed by English Law.

Sarah Fadlalah, Contract Administrator, Saipem Ltd

This is a great training experience! The content is very well structured, the speaker is well organised and all the participants have the chance to work in teams, ask questions and debate on all the relevant topics. I had a great time! Thank you!

Emilia Dragomir, Contracts Advisor, Emerson SRL

The course content was comprehensive. Presentation was excellent. Prof Singh is an excellent teacher.

Radhika Mahass, In Legal Training

The course content was comprehensive. Presentation was excellent. Prof Singh is an excellent teacher.

Radhika Mahass, In Legal Training

Very informative, entertaining and practice orientated

Anton Kachanov, Senior Legal Counsel, Yandex

The content is very rich, the course is very organised. A huge part of its success is because of how good the speaker is.

Mai Ali, Lawyer, MBC FZ L.L.C.

The course content was comprehensive. Presentation was excellent. Prof Singh is a excellent teacher

Radhika Mahass, In Legal Training

Great course, hands on, very knowledgable speaker

Anna Damgaard Jensen, Head of Legal , AOP Orphan Pharma

Entertaining course, very good presentation. Content wasn’t entirely realised within the time that was available

Michał Karasiewicz, Legal Counsel, EMEA, Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Good content, practical. Interesting presentations (not just reading sheets). Alot of room for questions.

Bernard van Den Beld, Corporate Legal Counsel, Marel Meat Prosesing

Overall training was very interesting. No particular comments

Sofia Zaki, Corporate Lawyer, Vinci Construction Grands Projets

Clean presentation with a deep knowledge of the subject matters

Eduarda da Costa, Lawyer, Novabase Serviços - Serviços de Gestão e Consultoria, SA

Complete, clear, good group, appropriate number of participants, appropriate level of legal knowledge.

Etienne De Lempdes, Deputy Legal Director, TEREOS

Very engaging, challenged your way about thinking, understanding the content. Very approachable.

Suzanne Finchett, Legal & Contracts Administrator, Amoria Bond

Very engaging in relevant discussion

Anna Fitzmaurice, Legal Adviser, Eusa Pharma Inc

Very pleasantly surprised. Overall worthwhile

Fabian Frank, Junior In-house Legal Counsel, Market Logic Software AG

The course is very useful and enhanced my experience

Yazan Al-Hyasat, Legal Advisor, Abdul Latif Jameel Co.

Relevant, well presented and from different perspectives

Magnar Igland, Legal Counsel, DeepOcean UK Ltd

Very informative and helpful session. Would highly recommend the speaker and the course.

Caitlin Forsyth, Contracts Analyst, ITF

Good overview of the subject. Good mix of theory and workshops. Thought provoking and informative speaker.

Peter Duncan, Legal Counsel, DeepOcean UK Ltd


Toomas Niinemäe, Manager, Sales & Business Development, Fortum Eesti AS

Expectations were met and very good. Just maybe to fast in explanation.

Shaila Rojo Diez, Industria Turbo Propulsores S.A.


Olivia Vandenbrande, Legal Representative, Ae NV

Speaker was good with an in-depth knowledge of subject. Course was intense and well presented.

Athanasia Papadopoulou, Procurement Assistant, ESA/Ajilon

It was a very well structured 2-day course, providing lots of information on different legal systems in a very immediate way

Angeliki Tsapatsari, Contracts Officer, Ajilon Technology Aerospace B.V

A great course covering many subject areas

Nic Vincent, Director, Olympus KeyMed

Well organised and very good speakers, almost over-polite

Maria Stefania De Santis , Legal Expert , Eurocontrol

Very calm and realistic discussion of the topics

Kingsley Osuh, Legal Counsel, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited

Very well organised and the facilitator was very interesting

Evridiki Christaki, Legal Expert, Eurocontrol

It was really useful and the speaker was great - he has a special way with presentations

Malaz Alouch, Associate Lawyer, MBC Group

Very good. Clear. Useful.

Mazie Vincelli, Head of Legal ECT Europe, Johnson Matthey plc

Content was well balanced to challenges of real life of contracts manager. The presentation was informative, interactive, inclusive. The speaker was knowledgeable, experienced and encouraging.

Anton Kreventsov, Contracts Manager, Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V.

Arun is both knowledgable and entertaining. This made the sessions enjoyable even for some difficult legal issues.

Reshma Sharma, Senior Crown Counsel, Attorney Generals Chambers

Content was well structured with the presentation. The speaker was very professional, knowledgeable and was presenting in a nice way taking care of all participants, whilst equally involving them in the discussion.

Andrea Potparevic, Junior Legal Counsel, CLS Construction Legal Services GmbH

Content was good and the information that was covered was useful and pitched well for audience

Zoe Kinsey-Martin, Solicitor, EADS UK Ltd

Very good speaker, inviting the participants and the exchange of experiences

Juliette Opoczynski, Senior Lawyer, Ethypharm

Not being from a legal background, the course was challenging. However, I did not feel out of my depth and Arun and fellow attendees allowed for a good mix. Arun was very good and content was never rushed or too demanding.

Derek Melrose, Commercial Manager, Amalgamated Construction Ltd

Very educating and enlightening

James Khanoba, Legal Counsel, Shell Pet. Dev. Co. of Nig. Ltd

A very useful course for in-house lawyers working in international environments. A very knowledgable speaker.

Daria Maksimova, Legal Counsel, none

Good course content and presentation wise. Possibly could have moved at a quicker pace.

Alex Low, Contracts Manager, Seajacks UK Limited


Omar El Barrage, Associate Lawyer, MBC FZ-LLC

Speaker is very good and very interesting as well as his presentation

Florence Mas-Pastor, Global Legal Director, Arkadin

It is fit for purpose

Felix Ugwumadu, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd

Useful, entertaining, definitely learned something

Sandra Zimmermann, Legal Counsel , Octapharma AG

Lively and well structured presentation and well thought course with explanatory examples and case law, capacity of speaker to adjust course to attendees

Ludovic Dendane, Director of Legal Affairs & Intellectual Property, Transgene

Presentation and speaker were very good and the presenter learned attendees' name. Course content was very good.

Sandie Richardson, Insurance Manager and Assistant Company Secretary, Bristow Helicopters Ltd

The course was really very helpful, lots of information

Khaled Al Tenaiji, Senior Legal Counsel, ETISALAT

Good speaker and good content, I enjoyed both days of training.

Emma Opara, DEPUTY CONTRACTS MANAGER, Fugro Survey Ltd

I think the content of the course id good speaker is very good

Jessica Jiang, Lead Sub Contract Specialist, GE Oil & Gas

Very good

Gadilbek Mursaliyev, Legal Council, Tengizchevroil LLP

The speaker was very patient with different perspectives of the contracts. Presentation based on different legal approaches and showed great knowledge on the contract terms and conditions and communication with the delegates of the course.

Ivonne Castro Bustamante, Lawyer, CEPSA E.P. S.A.

Good content spaced over the 2 days, clearly presented.

Joanne Hassel, Principal Procurement Engineer, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd

Very good

Mai Al Ayoobi, Senior Counsel, Kuwait National Petroleum

The pace of the course was great and did not feel drained after the course but yet we were able to cover a lot of material. Arun managed his time well.

Oresa Charles, Senior Attorney at Law, Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago

Nicely presented

Martin Van de Velde, Sr Contracts Engineer, Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland BV.

Excellent course all round - very well structured and presented. Arun is an expert in his field and successfully captures his audience

Eleri Hallett, Legal & Contract Manager, SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd

A very good course

Jan Waage, Attorney-at-Law, SINTEF AS

Very nice and useful

Olga Belozertseva, legal adviser, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.


Abdulla A Al-Ghailani, Vice President Legal & Insurance, Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company

Rich content giving in-depth overview on English Law. Excellent presentation and an outgoing and easy to talk to speaker.

Martin KODZHAMANOV, Fromageries BEL SA

Useful, interactive and thought provoking.

John Whitehead, Group Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs, MBC Group

If there would be two presenters, it would have been better.


Speakers were very knowledgeable and content was good

Peter Welsh, Head of Legal Services, The University of Manchester I3 Limited

Excellent course and great speaker

Katerina Sakka, Pharmathen SA

An excellent course, delivered by a very accomplished presenter