3-day Drafting Commercial Contracts

A practical interactive three day programme designed to develop your skills to draft clear and concise commercial agreements. This comprehensive two-part programme focuses on delivering practical and applied training of the key drafting skills

18-20 Jun 2019

GBP 1,699 1,399 *
EUR 2,379 1,959 *
USD 2,650 2,182 *
* When you book before 9 Apr

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Course overview

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

This comprehensive two-part programme 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.

Who should attend?
  • In house lawyers
  • Solicitors in private practice
  • Legal and para-legal executives
  • Commercial directors and managers
  • Contracts managers

Programme at a glance...

Part 1 – Drafting, Structure and Fundation of Contracts

The legal framework of a contract

Commercial contract format and structure – Part 1

Commercial contract format and structure – Part 2


  • Examining a sample agreement
  • Checking errors of form and clarity in contracts

Ancillary documentation and contracts

Terms: implied, express and standard

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


  • Modern drafting

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

Exclusion and limitation clauses

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)

Other miscellaneous boilerplate


  • 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.


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.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 18.00 hours

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18-20 Jun 2019
18-20 Jun 2019 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,699.00
EUR 2,379.00
USD 2,650.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 1,399.00
EUR 1,959.00
USD 2,182.00
Until 9 Apr*
Enrol now

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

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  • Vertas Group Limited

Very professional and clearly very knowledgable about the subject matter. Very good content, very thorough, great handouts.

Jo Lardent, Group Commercial Director, Vertas Group Limited

Excellent course every in-house lawyer should visit at some point during their career. Makes heavy topics easily understandable. Definitely recommend it.

Minakshi Werner-Bakker, Senior Legal Counsel, TMF Group B.V.

A good alignment with my current role at Subsea 7

Ian George Morrison, Commercial & Contracts Manager, Subsea 7

Mark is able to distill complex legal concepts into practical and commerical terms.

Andrew Holt, Trainee Solicitor, IPG

He was very professional with an excellent sense of humour. I have been to many commercial contract courses over the years. This one was by far the best - incredible information and tremendously enjoyable too!

Charles Oliver , Legal Counsel , URENCO Ltd

Mark is excellent. His understanding of the law is inspiring. I really enjoyed his delivery.

Chantelle Jones, Advisor, Medivet Group Ltd

My opinion overall on the course is that the content, presentation and speaker were "spot on". I would certainly recommend the course to my colleagues.

Samantha Fox, In House Counsel, Samantha Fox & Co.

Professional and to the point

Maria Michael, General Manager, Vassiliades & Co (UK) Limited

Well organised, very practical and an excellent speaker.

José Luis Saragoça, Legal Director, NAV Portugal, E.P.E.

Comprehensive content, a little fast paced at points, excellent speaker and knowledgable, responses to questions.

Nikki Kellie, Contractual Governance Manager, Electrocomponents PLC

Excellent course, I would recommend it

Krystal Daniel, Corporate Legal Officer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Mark had a lot of examples which were very useful, he was clear and has a lot of knowledge

Madelon Geers, Legal Counsel, Naspers

Very informative and easy to understand. Mark is an excellent speaker and the materials brought his teaching to life.

Noel Hedges, Contracts Manager, Huntswood CTC Limited

Good content good speaker, I have learnt a lot!

Madelon Geers, Legal Counsel, Naspers

Good pace, interesting speaker with good capabilities to keep you up with the story and content

Eva Hoftijzer, legal counsel, Huisman Equipment

The speaker kept everyone engaged and I achieved what I set out to do. Which was to learn and understand more about contacts and contract law.

Richard Robinson, , Cobham Antenna Systems

Very good, Very concise

Ashley Davine, Commercial Manager, APT SkiData Limited

Pragmatic course which was interesting and relevant for my role as in-house counsel with an international company

Aoife Robinson, Solicitor, SMBC Aviation Capital

Concise, clear, excellent

Steven Kaufman, Global Business Development Lead, Bespak Europe Ltd

Good content

Shareen Gault, General Counsel and Company Secretary , ORE Catapult


Caroline Glynn, , Chanelle Medical

This was very well structured with varied content and a highly engaging speaker

Sally Bates, Wordings Specialist , AEGIS Managing Agency

It was an absolutely brilliant 3 days of intense information

Courtney Creighton, Procurement Manager, Provident Financial Group

Comprehensive topic coverage, clear materials, excellent delivery of top notch know-how

Izabella Szadkowska, Partner, AL TAMIMI & CO

Expert speaker, excellent delivery of very well-designed content

Izabella Szadkowska, Partner, AL TAMIMI & CO

Really enjoyed, very informative and professional

Claire Snowden, Trainee Buyer, Provident Financial

Excellent presentation of complex law in a practical manner

Matthew Colbourne , Solicitor , Das Law

I would recommend strongly. It was just perfect.

Julien Fournie, Contract Manager, Panalytical

Excellent! Pace was very fast but the course content was excellent and the speaker excellent. Explanations were really good.

Lola Oke, , Nigerian Bottling Company Limited

Recommend for everyone who wants to learn about common law and drafting techniques in a most efficient way.

Clemens Poelzelbauer, Legal Counsel, Tipico Co. Ltd.

The speaker is very qualified and he knows how to control the audience

Amna Alabdi, Legal Counsel, Qatar Foundation

Excellent. Pace very fast but content was excellent and speaker excellent. Explanations were really good.

Lola Oke, , Nigerian Bottling Company Limited

I will recommend this course to any contract manager and sales manager within my organization. The presentation given allows a very wide overview of the common law rules and traps.

Sebastien Barbet, Contracts Manager, Single Buoy Moorings Bureau D'Etudes SAM

Speaker particularly competent and available to questions, slides very precise, full of practical examples.

Arnaud Legros, Legal Consultant, DASSAULT AVIATION


Alix Ferran, Contract Specialist, Amadeus SAS

Speaker Mr.Mark Weston explained very clearly every part. Accommodation and facilities were nice.

Josipa Vucenovic, In-House Lawyer, BRODOSPAS, Split, Croatia

The speaker appeared confident and enthusiastic. His presentation of the material was clear and systematic. I was really impressed by his professionalism and expertise.

Natalia Spiridonova, , Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners LLC

Mark Weston is an excellent presenter, an expert in his field knowing his subject well, with the modules all joining together.

Sandie Richardson, Insurance Manager and Assistant Company Secretary, Bristow Helicopters Ltd

Mark is an excellent presenter, there was not one question he couldn't answer.

Samantha Oxford, , King's College London

Very happy about the course. I will recommend it to others.

Justina Kutkauskaite, Legal Counsel Europe, Aptargroup UK Holdings Limited

I am very satisfied with the course in total.

Sanja Macanovic, Coordinator – Foreign Companies, BRODOSPAS, Split, Croatia

Mark was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable and approachable! Fantastic course!

Morgan Mulay, Group Lawyer, The Monarch Group

The course is well structured and comprehensive content. For a non-lawyer like me, it was perfectly pitched. Mark was great.

Beatrice Mikuzi, Contracts Manager, The Francis Crick Institute

Very pleasant and clearly presented - not at all boring

Nick Mortram, Commercial Contracts Manager, ITW Ltd t/a Avery Weigh-Tronix

Very informative, easy to understand.

Vahid Mursaliyev, Legal Affairs and General Administration Department Head, Azercell Telecom LLC

Marc Weston is an incredible professional that made one thing very clear to all of us: he knows what he is talking about, very well indeed. Both, as a Lawyer as well as a Trainer. Behind his humble smile and courteous manners, it is impossible to not grasp his impressive professional standing at glance. He is simply terrific. He spoke with clear competence for 3 full days non stop; we had the room to think and brainstorm with him and, at the same time, he pushed the clock to give us as much information as possible in the tide schedule. Worth for the money, and great experience. No doubt about it. Most importantly, he took us by the hand and led us through the differences between the “international” law framework (and contractual differences) and the English system when operating in the UK. Nowadays, where the business is global, this was very appreciated by all attendees. Thumb up for the Course and the Speaker. Thanks.

Ernesto Pravisano, Legal Counsel, DENSO Europe B.V.

It was really good

Jose Rufino Torija Marti, In-House Lawyer, Corporación Medichem, SL

For me, as a non-lawyer: Very good introduction to the most important matter you need to know about common law

Franziska Erkelens, Secretary/Administrative Assistant, European Space Agency

Course was excellent; very good materials, excellent and informative presenter. Really good information - would as mentioned above be good to have the opportunity to practice the skills as we went along. Great to have a mix of people of different nationalities.

Jo Lewis, Legal Services Manager, Shanks Waste Management