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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 in the key drafting skills.

15-17 Jun 2021

GBP 1,699
EUR 2,379
USD 2,650

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Course overview

Negotiate and draft clear and concise commercial agreements that meet the challenges of today’s commercial environment.

Business is founded on the crystallisation of the terms of a deal and clarity and fair construction are the key to a successful commercial agreement. Without a clear agreement, commercial and legal disputes are likely and unclear agreements are one of the largest causes of costly commercial litigation.

With this in mind, Mark Weston and Falconbury have developed this modular and comprehensive multi-part programme that 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. Each section of the course builds on the section before.

Part One: Drafting, Structure, Interpretation and Formation of Contracts focuses on developing a robust structure and formation to your contracts and expanding your drafting skills to deliver concise and watertight agreements. It will also explain the fundamentals of how contracts are interpreted.

Part Two: Precise and Careful Drafting 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:

  • Examine assignment and novation to ensure you are suitably protected in the case of transfer or sale of rights
  • Consider the purpose and effect of typical boilerplate clauses and how you can leverage value for your organisation through clearer drafting
  • 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
  • Understand the risks that can be created through poor drafting in practical exercises under the guidance of the expert
  • Discuss any disputes or issues you are facing with colleagues from other organisations to gain new ideas and perspectives
  • Understand the pitfalls and pluses to applying an effective standard structure and format to every contract
  • 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

Practical interactive learning style

This workshop style programme has been designed to offer a practical solution to your drafting challenges. Throughout the programme 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 draft contracts which meet your commercial objectives as well as ensuring that there are no ‘surprises’ further on.

Who should attend?

This programme has been specifically designed for those who want to enhance their practical drafting skills and who have a knowledge of the law, including:

  • In-house lawyers
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Commercial and contracts directors and managers
  • Procurement personnel
  • Compliance officers
  • Company secretaries

Programme at a glance...

PART 1 – Drafting, Structure, Interpretation 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

PART 2 – Precise and Careful Drafting

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

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.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 18.00 hours

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15-17 Jun 2021
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EUR 2,379.00
USD 2,650.00
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Mark is an excellent speaker and trainer and captures the attention of the audience by involving them and asking good questions. All were excellent. The venue and food was also very good.

Pamela Murrison, Commercial Manager, Ametek, Jun 19

The course meet my expectations.

Tonda Chinangwa, Legal Manager, JTI Leaf Malawi Ltd, Jun 19

This is a fantastic course - all main issues arising in the drafting of commercial contracts are covered. Mark is a brilliant presenter who manages to keep a dense topic interesting

Ruth Murray, VP, Legal & Corporate, SMBC Aviation Capital, Jun 19

The course was very clear and concise and covered all of the topics in the relation to the subject and Mark made it very interesting and the time just flew by.

Sarah Jowett , Supply Chain Coordinator (shipping), Hochiki Europe (UK) Ltd, Jun 19

I am so happy that I attended this course. Mark is a good presenter and speaker. He kept everyone engaged.

Yamini Monks, Procurement Manager, London Energy, Jun 19

Overall, a very positive experience that included a lot of information. I definitely left with a greater sense of confidence in my ability to review and draft contracts going forward.

Seth Heward-Mills, Paralegal , CNA Hardy, Jun 19

Mark is an excellent teacher/speaker and very knowledgeable in the subject, making it very easy to understand. The slides were engaging and supplemented the presentation. I gained new perspectives on drafting techniques to relay and discuss with my team and would highly recommend the course.

Bernadette Ifediora, Paralegal, Image Nation Abu Dhabi FZ LLC, Jun 19

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., Jun 18

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

Andrew Holt, Trainee Solicitor, IPG, Jun 18

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 , Jun 18

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

Chantelle Jones, Advisor, Medivet Group Ltd, Jun 18

A good alignment with my current role at Subsea 7

Ian George Morrison, Commercial & Contracts Manager, Subsea 7, Jun 18

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, Jun 18

Well organised, very practical and an excellent speaker.

José Luis Saragoça, Legal Director, NAV Portugal, E.P.E., Jun 17

Excellent course, I would recommend it

Krystal Daniel, Corporate Legal Officer, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago, Jun 17