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Contract Law Update

Contract Law Update - this is an ideal programme for those wishing to increase their understanding of the fundamentals of contract law, and understand and improve the contracts they negotiate and manage

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 6 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course Overview

Business contracts provide key protection for businesses and institutions. This programme ensures delegates learn all the main issues relevant to contracts, their formation, operation and termination. Delegates will learn the contract law jargon and improve your ability to negotiate clauses effectively with your contracting parties. Whether supplying or buying goods, services or intellectual property, those involved with contracts will gain the necessary knowledge of the law needed in this field.

Benefits of this programme

  • Understand the contracts you manage
  • Decrease reliance on external lawyers
  • Reduce your risk
  • Avoid expensive legal proceedings
  • Tighten up your contract clauses
  • Learn about the latest case law and best practice on contracts and contract management
  • Learn how to amend your contracts to address issues arising from Brexit

Who is this programme for?

  • Procurement managers
  • Purchasing managers
  • In-house lawyers
  • Company secretaries
  • Paralegals
  • Trainee solicitors
  • Contract managers
  • Business development managers
  • Others whose work regularly brings them into contact with contracts


Contract fundamentals

  • What is a contract?
  • Written and unwritten contracts
  • Hints and tips to make your contract terms apply
  • Retention of title clauses – recovering goods when the customer goes bust
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 update
  • Review of recent case law

Brexit and contracts

  • Clauses for distribution agreements in a non-single market
  • Defining territories
  • Impacts on exhaustion of intellectual property rights
  • EU competition law implications

Anti-Corruption and Bribery Act clauses for contracts

  • Ethics and anti-corruption policies
  • Contract clauses in this area – warranties
  • How to reduce risk of law infringement
  • UK Bribery Act in force 2011 and it’s implications
  • Mitigating risks

Warranties and obligations

  • Using contract clauses to commercial advantage
  • Best and reasonable endeavours obligations
  • Time of essence
  • Consequences of breach of warranty
  • How to make obligations stick

Liability and its limitation

  • Ensuring your risks under contracts are mitigated
  • How far can you exclude and limit liability?
  • Best practice and model clauses
  • Latest cases under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977
  • Force majeure clauses

Practical exercises – Liability

Intellectual property rights

  • IP protection clauses in contracts
  • Who owns the rights?
  • Foreground and background rights
  • Exploitation of IP rights by agreement

Termination and management of contracts

  • Best practice guidelines
  • Dealing with contract breaches
  • Litigation and mediation
  • Right to terminate agreements
  • How to handle supplier difficulties and liquidation

Final Q&A session

Susan Singleton

Susan Singleton is a solicitor with her own London solicitor’s firm, Singletons, which specialises in competition law, intellectual property, data protection and corporate/commercial law, both non-contentious and contentious. Until 2016 she was Vice Chairman of the Competition Law Association. She is author of 33 books and contributor to 48 more. She advises a wide range of UK and international clients. The 5th edition of her book Commercial Agency Agreements - Law and Practice was published in 2020 and the the 8th edition of Joint Ventures and Shareholders'  Agreements in 2021. She produced the  5th edition of the textbook E-Commerce and Convergence - A Guide to the Law of Digital Media in 2021.  After working as a solicitor at London law firms Slaughter and May and Bristows, she founded her own London firm of solicitors. She brought the first action for damages for breach of the competition rules to reach an English court (Arkin v Borchard Lines) and in 2015 was involved in litigation for clients in both the CJEU and UK in relation to challenges to EU and UK tobacco legislation. She advises lots of clients in particular about EU competition law and selective distribution agreements including in the pharma/ veterinary sectors, both for parallel importers and for brand owners and is regularly in involved in sales and purchase of companies. She was editor of the looseleaf Kluwer’s Comparative Law of Monopolies. In 2015-16 she was heavily involved in litigation before the English courts and CJEU in litigation relating to EU and UK legislation in the tobacco sector and in 2017 won damages for a client in trade infringement litigation (IPEC).

She wrote Business, the Internet and the Law looseleaf in 1999 which she still updates three times a year.  In 2021 she was nominated as a Female Tech Law Hero for International Women's Day for The Society for Computers and Law.  In 2021 she updated the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act commentary for LexisNexis, legal publishers.

More details

We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss your requirements.


  • Eisai Europe Limited
  • LPK Ltd
  • Simbec Orion
  • Wilkos In-house Legal Department


  • Kyivstar JSC

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Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
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