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Course Certificate In Commercial Contract Drafting


This two-day course is aimed at solicitors with little or no experience of drafting commercial contracts. It will be of particular interest to those who are working in-house and will also be a useful refresher to those returning from a career break.

The course equips delegates with the essential knowledge and skills that they need to negotiate and draft a commercial agreement. It will look at frame agreements, standard terms, purchase orders and web contracting.

The first day focuses on the key legal concepts underpinning commercial contracts. On the second day, delegates will learn negotiation skills and get the opportunity to apply their knowledge in case studies. The course is presented by Helen Swaffield, barrister and qualified teacher, who has extensive experience of training in-house contracts lawyers and consistently receives excellent feedback.

Day 1

How to draft a contract

  • The parties, the price and the content of the goods or services, scope and duration
  • Delivery and quality, obligations of means eg. endeavours
  • Setting up different types of agreements
  • Using a frame agreement
  • Service levels
  • Warranties, indemnities guarantees
  • Risk management: liquidated damages, and exclusion clauses
  • IPR, licences, background and foreground
  • Termination and liability and waiver
  • Boiler plate: severability, third parties, amendment, confidentiality, notices, force majeure, entire agreement and jurisdiction
  • Agreements with the consumer and other agreements which require care including restrictions of competition
Day 2

Case studies

  • Services contracts under a frame agreement
  • Goods contracts and sub-contracts
How to negotiate
  • Understanding the leverage
  • Styles and tactics
  • Track change issues
  • Authority and capacity

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Really good refresh. Practically understand how contract clauses operate. Helen was really good at making it all make sense.





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