A practical interactive two-day In-house programme designed to develop your legal and contracts teams skills in drafting clear and concise commercial agreements
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, this In-house training is 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.
How do you form a contract? Part 1 & Part 2
Commercial contract format and structure
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
Drafting techniques – Part 2: the hard stuff and not well-known stuff
Exclusion and limitation clauses
Liability clause eersise
Homework: a real case
Introduction to boilerplate
Transferring contractual rights and obligations
Payments and interest
Term and termination; entire agreement clauses; governing law, jurisdiction and dispute resolution clauses (77)
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.