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.
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
Helen Swaffield

Helen Swaffield

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I would highly recommend it to my peers. 

Very good course - informative and fun. 

It was a great course, I would like to thank Ms. Helen for her experience and info. 

Helen is very good at maintaining interest levels throughout - good mix of detailed course content and interaction to ensure a good level of comprehension.

Really, really enjoyable; very informative and a fantastic trainer. Helen is very approachable, engaging and knowledgeable. 

Very good course, covered a lot of ground in a friendly and accessible manner, great presenter. 

Helen was excellent! She made the session enjoyable. Explained topics in detail. The relevant case law and materials provided will be very useful in my role. 

Excellent speaker - top rate. 

Very good, practical advice and guidance of drafting. 

Great course. Helen is very knowledgeable and engaging. The information I have gained will be very useful to me day to day. I only wish we had more time!

A special thanks to Helen for making it so worthwhile!

Helen Swaffield is a fantastic lecturer. Thank you!

The course was very detailed, thorough and well presented.

I attended one of your 2 day Commercial Contracts courses and just wanted to let you know how useful it was. The course is full of good information, the booklets have excellent content to go over and overall was very interesting. Just wanted you to know that it was good value for money and I wouldn't hesitate attending one of your courses in the future.

All encompassing excellent course!

Very good course. Speaker was very good, clear and concise.

I would recommend this course to anyone new to contract drafting or looking to brush up their skills.

The course was extremely well presented and covered the main areas.

As a person new to commercial contracts I found the course very useful and would recommend to anyone and everyone.

The training was brilliant; better than the high expectations I already had.

The content of the course was excellent and we covered a lot. Glad to have the notes to refer back to! Excellent presenter.

Helen is an excellent trainer! Learned an incredible amount in contract drafting.

The course exceeded expectations. Delivery of the course materials were excellent and created the perfect balance of academic info with practical application.

Brilliant course. Refreshed my memory as to things learned years ago and taught me so much I didn't know.

Helen was an excellent teacher and it was a really enjoyable course! Thank you.

Helen was absolutely brilliant!

Helen explained everything so well. She is an excellent teacher.

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

Small group environment was excellent. Helen dealt with all questions well and communicated everything clearly.

Excellent session. Helen is an excellent presenter - Very worthwhile.

I would highly recommend Helen Swaffield. In-depth course.

Helen is fantastic - Brings the subject to life, informative and fun!

The course was excellent and the venue was superb. I got a lot out of the two days, it was pitched perfectly and Helen Swaffield was a brilliant and engaging tutor.

Helen Swaffield made it relaxed and engaging

Very good teacher, vert practical and good overview. I enjoyed the exercises in groups - very interactive class

Excellent, pragmatic advice and training. Knowledgeable and experience presenter

I have been on the Contract Law update course with Helen Swaffield and found her to be an engaging lecturer - up to date on legislative change but more particularly her finger practically on the pulse of business/ industry needs and trends. The same is true on this course. Helen brought to life the detailed course notes and delivered the course content with clarity.

Thoroughly enjoyable couse from start to finish

Excellent course to cover contractual basics after returning to the law. Helen is an excellent presenter and trainer

Course pitched at a very good level for non-legals

Practical understanding of individual clauses

Loved the course and tutor

Helen is extremley efficient and coherent with her explanation which helps to understand all the elements touched upon at the course. I would highly recommend this as a refresher course or to understand how commercial contracts are drafted

Helen was great. really engaging, enthusiastic and clear.

Helen made complicated principles comprehensive and potentially dry subject very interesting and enjoyable.

Useful course, well delivered.

Excellent delivery of content and relevant information I can apply to my paralegal work.

Helen is a real subject matter expert and really brings the subject to life

An excellent course - very useful

This is particularly useful if you already have an understanding of the terms used when dealing with contracts - it will provide a deeper understanding of the consequences of including or not including particular terms, and the benefits for both supplier and purchaser. Helen is extremely knowledgeable and makes a relatively dry subject engaging and interesting.

A really useful insight into some of the fundamental contract architecture that has helped me better understand documents I deal with day-to-day.

Very well delivered.

This has been invaluable as a legal refresher course for me, as well as an update on recent developments. The pace was ideal, backed up by comprehensive course materials to refer to. Its also been great to meet participants working in different roles and sectors. Very enjoyable.

Helen was fantastic! Really enjoyed the course

Excellent course. All highly relevant and very well presented.

Useful for anyone working with contracts

Very good, clean and comprehensive course. I would recommend the course to all my colleagues.

Helen was fantastic, she made the course content very relevant and she used practical examples.

Really comprehensive course delivered in an engaging and interactive way.

Fantastic workshop and training

Great course, really helped to underpin existing knowledge & information and helped to fill some gaps.

Fantastic course, immensely informative for those with non legal background.

Helen made complicated principles comprehensible and a potentially dry subject very interesting and enjoyable.

Helen was knowledgeable and entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyable course. Great content

Helen was an excellent lecturer and made the course interesting and engaging.

I will definitely recommend this course to others.

Informative course. Great presenter; kept everyone engaged.

Helen's material and presentation was outstanding. Thoroughly recommend this course.

Helen's knowledge of the subject is fantastic and very up-to-date. She has a practical working knowledge and commercial awareness.

Helen was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

Helen is a brilliant presenter who clearly has vast amounts of knowledge on this and kept the course interesting.

I found this course, the materials and especially the presenter simply phenomenal! Outstanding. Wish I took it years ago! I've been practicing for 13 years and this is the best course I've ever taken. I learned, was refreshed in previous understandings and challenged. Absolutely brilliant!

Great course, really helped to understand existing knowledge and information and helped fill the gaps.

Helen is very engaging but informative.

Very helpful overall. Thorough overview of contract law and commercial drafting. Very useful for in house, would recommend.

Excellent way to get you back into the law and remind you of the key issues in drafting contracts. 

Informative and useful, and accessible for non layers who want to understand the background of the various clauses. 

Excellent presenter. Very engaging. Would be up for an 'advanced' certificate.

Returning to law, I found this course easy to follow, well explained with plenty of opportunity to apply my knowledge and ask questions.

Brilliant presenter!! 

I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot in 2 days. I've particularly benefited from the specific drafting element.

Available dates (5)
Mon 14 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM Birmingham Members save up to 50% off training£1020
Wed 20 Nov 2019 - 9:30AM London £1020
Wed 12 Feb 2020 - 9:30AM London £1020
Mon 23 Mar 2020 - 9:30AM Bristol £1020
Tue 2 Jun 2020 - 9:30AM London £1020
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