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Contract Law Update 2017

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Course Overview

Business contracts provide key protection for businesses and institutions. This course ensures delegates learn all the main issues relevant to contracts, their formation, operation and termination. Delegates will learn the contract law jargon and improve their ability to negotiate clauses effectively with their contracting parties. Whether supplying or buying goods, services or intellectual property, those involved with contracts will gain the necessary knowledge of the law needed in this field.

Why you should attend

  • Understand the contracts you manage
  • Decrease reliance on external lawyers
  • Reduce your risk
  • Avoid expensive legal proceedings
  • Tighten up your contract clauses
  • Learn about the latest case law and best practice on contracts and contract management
  • Learn how to amend your contracts to address issues arising from Brexit

Who should attend

  • Procurement managers
  • Purchasing managers
  • In-house lawyers
  • Company secretaries
  • Paralegals
  • Trainee solicitors
  • Contract managers
  • Business development managers
  • Others whose work regularly brings them into contact with contracts


Contract fundamentals

  • What is a contract?
  • Written and unwritten contracts
  • Hints and tips to make your contract terms apply
  • Retention of title clauses – recovering goods when the customer goes bust
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 update
  • Review of recent case law

Brexit and contracts

  • Clauses for distribution agreements in a non-single market
  • Defining territories
  • Impacts on exhaustion of intellectual property rights
  • EU competition law implications

Anti-Corruption and Bribery Act clauses for contracts

  • Ethics and anti-corruption policies
  • Contract clauses in this area – warranties
  • How to reduce risk of law infringement
  • UK Bribery Act in force 2011 and it’s implications
  • Mitigating risks

Warranties and obligations

  • Using contract clauses to commercial advantage
  • Best and reasonable endeavours obligations
  • Time of essence
  • Consequences of breach of warranty
  • How to make obligations stick

Liability and its limitation

  • Ensuring your risks under contracts are mitigated
  • How far can you exclude and limit liability?
  • Best practice and model clauses
  • Latest cases under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977
  • Force majeure clauses

Practical exercises – Liability

Intellectual property rights

  • IP protection clauses in contracts
  • Who owns the rights?
  • Foreground and background rights
  • Exploitation of IP rights by agreement

Termination and management of contracts

  • Best practice guidelines
  • Dealing with contract breaches
  • Litigation and mediation
  • Right to terminate agreements
  • How to handle supplier difficulties and liquidation

Final Q&A session

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • Certificate: 6.00 hours

Previous customers include...

  • Eisai Europe Limited
  • Kyivstar JSC
  • LPK Ltd
  • Orion Clinical
  • Wilkos In-house Legal Department

What previous delegates say...

Susan was a great speaker, very clear and energetic

Christine Aldred, , GE Healthcare Ltd