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Drafting Commercial Contracts

30-31 Oct 2017

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Venue: Cavendish Hotel, London

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Venue: De Vere Holborn Bars, London

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Course overview

Draft clear and concise commercial agreements that meet the challenges of today’s commercial environment

All legal disputes are founded in the interpretation of written contracts; they are one of the largest causes of costly commercial litigation. Clarity and fair constructions are the key to a successful commercial agreement, and quick and reasonable dispute resolution, if dispute should arise.

With this in mind Falconbury have developed a comprehensive two-part programme which focuses on delivering practical and applied training of the key drafting skills needed to create transparent and direct contracts that deliver on a legal and commercial level.

  • Part I: Drafting Commercial Contracts focuses on developing a robust structure and formation to your contracts and expanding your drafting skills to deliver concise and watertight agreements.
  • Part II: Drafting Legal Clauses looks in more detail at the more complex clauses and how they can be drafted and applied to leverage commercial value and manage legal risk.

By attending this programme you will:

  • Get-to-grips with payments and interest terms to understand how penalties can be applied
  • Expand your knowledge of the risk of drafting a contract without a confidentiality clause
  • Master practical drafting techniques to write concise and effective agreements
  • Examine special contractual arrangements and letters of intent
  • Learn how to interpret variations and time of essence clauses
  • Clarify the distinction between ‘best endeavours’ and ‘reasonable endeavours’ – essential terminology in commercial contracts
  • Get up-to-date with the use and drafting of contractual warranties and indemnities
  • Understand the effect of exclusion and limitation clauses and how they can be used to manage your exposure

Who should attend?

  • In house lawyers
  • Solicitors in private practice
  • Commercial directors and managers
  • Contracts managers

Practical interactive learning style

This workshop style programme has been designed to offer a practical solution to your drafting challenges. Throughout, the expert presenter will use a balanced mix of theory, group exercises, discussion, sample clauses and case studies to provide you with a comprehensive portfolio of practical tips and techniques to drafting contracts which meet your commercial objectives as well as ensuring that there are no ‘surprises’ further on.

Programme at a glance...

PART 1 – Drafting, Structure and Formation of Contracts

Contract interpretation

How do you form a contract? Part 1 & Part 2

Commercial contract format and structure

Practical exercise
Examing a sample agreement

Ancillary documentation and contracts

Terms: implied, express and standard – Part 1 & Part 2

Drafting techniques – Part 1: the easy but not well-known stuff

Practical exersise
Modern drafting

Drafting techniques – Part 2: the hard stuff and not well-known stuff

Exclusion and limitation clauses

Liability clause eersise
Homework: a real case

PART 2 – Drafting Legal Clauses

Introduction to boilerplate

Transferring contractual rights and obligations

Welded Boilerplate

Payments and interest

Confidentiality clauses

Term and termination; entire agreement clauses; governing law, jurisdiction and dispute resolution clauses (77)

Anglicisation

Presenter's firm

Hill Dickinson logo
 
Hill Dickinson is a leading and award-winning international law firm with offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco and Hong Kong. As a full service law firm, it delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum from non-contentious advisory and transactional work, to all forms of dispute resolution.

Its commitment is to provide a fast and efficient service wherever its clients operate. As its business has grown and diversified, it has recognised the strength and importance of the principles held by its people; putting clients first and operating as one team to realise its goals and share its success. These principles have formed the foundation of its culture and the way its lawyers interact with one another and the firm’s clients. They are what distinguish it and are vital to its future.

The firm is on the panel of a number of national and international organisations and regularly competes against many of the City firms. In recent months they have been able to win a number of panel reviews against City firms.

Clients of the firm include

• Carrs Milling Industries • Co-operative Group • CRH Group • Elstree Film Studios • Halewood International • Health Education England • Iceland Foods • Johnson & Johnson plc • Lavinia Corporation • Lloyds Bank • National Express • Odeon Cinemas • Peel Group • Stobart Group • United Utilities plc • Zeneca Group.

To find out more out what Hill Dickinson can do for you click HERE.

Presenters

Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a partner at Hill Dickinson having joined the firm on 1st February 2016 as Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial (London). Mark joined the firm from Matthew Arnold and Baldwin LLP where for 12 years he was a partner and Head of the Commercial, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group, before which he spent several years at Baker & McKenzie.

Expertise: Mark’s practice covers both non-contentious and contentious matters in all areas of commercial law, intellectual property law, information technology law, Internet, electronic commerce and on-line services law. He specialises in commercial and Tech issues.

Clients: Just some of Mark’s more well-known clients include Groupon, RTL Group S.A., Elstree Film Studios, Defaqto, mysupermarket.co.uk, Retailcorp Brands LLC, Maxell, The Gulf Marketing Group, Playboy UK, Europcar, Hilton Hotels, Foreign Currency Direct Plc, and the BBC.

Some detail: Mark has extensive experience in advising clients on all manner of commercial matters (such as business planning and solutions, franchising, distribution, agency and marketing) through branding and intellectual property exploitation and licensing, to advice and documentation regarding hardware and software issues (such as development, licensing, maintenance and distribution, SaaS and cloud, Internet transactional solutioning, B2B, B2C and B2G electronic commerce, S-commerce and M-Commerce, social media, outsourcing, facilities management, procurement, IT policies, data protection (privacy) and freedom of information issues). He has a particular expertise in new digital business and revenue streams. He is also experienced in dealing with software disputes and IT litigation. The increasingly extensive media side of his practice relates primarily to publishing (both real world and digital content), to games and gaming platforms (and particularly new transmedia technologies), advising companies about their advertising onscreen, online and in print and managing their public communications strategies generally (dealing with the CMA and ASA in the process) – and also a smattering of television, film and music exploitation.

More unusual:

Mark has previously spent several months on secondment to Hewlett Packard and he has also been seconded to assist in the legal problems arising in new technology companies such as Symbian. From 2000 to 2001, Mark was resident in the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie advising US clients on European and UK aspects of IT and electronic commerce law and practice.

Mark is the author of the Legal Practice Companion, a parallel text book at several law schools, the editor of the IP and Media Law Companion as well as the rest of the Companion series of books published by Bloomsbury Professional, Tottels, Cavendish Publishing and Oxford University Press. He has noted numerous reports for the IT Law Reports and is widely published in Computing, Computers & Law, Computer Law & Security Report, IT Law Today, Intellectual Property World, Solicitors Journal and many other journals both online and offline. Mark has also authored articles syndicated in the national and trade press and is regularly quoted in national newspapers. Mark is the author of the Business Names on the Internet chapter in the PLC Ecommerce Manual as well as numerous other articles on various Commercial & IT law topics. He blogs on the mablaw.com website.

Mark lectures regularly on all Commercial, IP and IT law topics, most recently lecturing at the IBC IT ‘Summer School’ Programme in Cambridge, England; the Falconbury two-day and three-day Commercial Contracts seminars (run several times a year) and IT Contracts seminars (run three times a year) in London; and he has previously lectured at the Annual On-line & Internet Commerce Law Institute seminar in Chicago and tutored at University College London. He also runs a programme of bespoke training schemes on commercial law, IP law and IT law as well as soft skills programmes such as negotiation skills and presentation skills.

Finally, you will have seen that Mark likes blogging and writing books, which are available at all good bookshops! He also appears regularly on BBC1 (usually providing advice on-screen to BBC Watchdog) and also on Sky News as a legal commentator, as well as trying to avoid the huge quantity of pink powder the TV make-up girls want to apply to his increasingly receding hairline.

Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a partner at Hill Dickinson having joined the firm on 1st February 2016 as Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial (London). Mark joined the firm from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP where for 12 years he was a partner and Head of the Commercial, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group, before which he spent several years at Baker & McKenzie. Mark’s practice covers both non-contentious and contentious matters in all areas of commercial law, intellectual property law, information technology law, Internet, electronic commerce and on-line services law. He specialises in commercial and tech issues.

He has extensive experience in-house, having been seconded in the past to Hewlett Packard and new technology companies. His practice covers all sorts of commercial areas (including franchising) as well as extensive IT niches including advising clients regarding hardware and software issues (including SaaS, cloud, development, licensing, maintenance and distribution), solutions for and methods of transacting on the Internet, electronic commerce, including B2B, B2C and B2G, S-commerce and M-Commerce, social media, strategies to minimise or maximise liability and carry out compliance audits, outsourcing, facilities management, procurement, company IT policies and data protection (privacy) issues. He also has experience in IT litigation (and different alternative dispute resolution techniques).

Mark is Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law (North London and Home Counties Region), Chairman of the Intellectual Property Interest Group of Lawnet and is a premier member of the Eurojuris Intellectual Property Panel. Mark writes various books on his specialist topics and is an editor and contributor of several publications and articles and lectures at numerous commercial, IP and IT related conferences and training programmes.

Finally, Mark appears regularly on BBC1 (usually providing advice on-screen to BBC Watchdog) and also on Sky News as a legal commentator.

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 12.00 hours

Previous customers include...

  • Akzo Nobel Nederland B.V.
  • ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A
  • Bakcell LLC
  • Bibby Group of Factors
  • Dematic Ltd
  • Fennia Mutual Insurance Company
  • Four Pillars Hotels Ltd
  • FR Aviation Ltd
  • GDF SUEZ
  • Groupon UK
  • Icon Solutions
  • Inmarsat Ltd
  • Interxion Headquarters BV
  • LLC Syngenta
  • Lloyd's Register
  • LondonWaste Ltd
  • MARGRET FOUNDATION
  • MUREX International Luxembourg
  • OpenText UK Ltd.
  • Pentair Thermal Management Netherlands B.V.
  • Petrofac Training Services
  • Philips International BV
  • Shire Deutschland GmbH
  • Spanish Law firm
  • Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname NV
  • Telecom Egypt
  • Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
  • TMF Group B.V.
  • Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA
  • Trelleborg Holding AB

What previous delegates say...

Well structured, interesting and practical

Toms Purins, Lawyer, Eversheds

Excellent, content backed up by relevant case law and personal knowledge and experience.

Peter Wykes, Group Purchasing Manager, LondonWaste Ltd

The course was challenging but manageable. The speaker was impressive!

Ciaran Hill, Contracts Engineer, Total E&P UK

Mark enabled me to see the practicalities in clauses I had been using everyday without thinking about them. Brilliant.

Penny Bale, Solicitor, Somerset County Council

In two days I understood the role of negotiation and the impact on our liability which is highly important.

Domenico Iervolino, Lawyer, 3X Financement pour le compte D’ATR

Great course. Worthwhile to attend.

Jose Herrera Bergero, Lawyer, Spanish Law Firm

Broad course with helpful materials to take away. Well presented.

Alastair Bratt, Commercial Counsel, ISS UK Ltd