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Contract Law Update - the latest case law in practice Training Course

This highly practical course has been developed especially for in-house legal teams, solicitors who are litigating or drafting, contract professionals and procurement officers.

★★★★★ "Excellent speaker, clear slides and comprehensive content."

15 July 2024
+ 2 October 2024 »

from £499

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Course overview

This highly interactive course covers all the latest developments in contract law that can impact your commercial contracts. It develops practical points from the cases from the last 18 months, and explains their relevance to your contracts through practical drafting examples and discussions.

This intensive programme will ensure delegates are aware of all the main issues relevant to contracts, including their formation, operation and termination. Whether supplying or buying goods, services or intellectual property, all those involved with contracts will gain the necessary latest knowledge of the law needed in this field.

This one-stop update, presented by an expert in the field, is essential for all those working with commercial contracts. 

This training course is part of our Commercial Contracts Training Course collection which has been designed for the in-house lawyer.

Benefits of attending

By attending this highly practical course you will:

  • Learn about the latest case law relating to contracts
  • Examine the impact the latest case law has on your contracts
  • Understand how to use this information in practice
  • Get to grips with contract interpretation and implied terms
  • Reduce your contract risk profile and tighten up your contract clauses


Who should attend?

This course will be of particular benefit to:

  • In-house lawyers
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Contract managers and professionals
  • Paralegals and trainee solicitors
  • Business development managers
  • Procurement managers
  • Purchasing managers

Plus others whose work regularly brings them into contact with commercial contracts.

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This course will cover:


  • An introduction to the topics covered during this course

Formation of a contract

  • Offers or ITTs
  • Parties
  • Burying onerous terms and incorporation
  • Deeds gone wrong

Interpretation and implied terms

  • How to interpret a contract
  • Which terms can be implied and in what circumstances?

Good faith and discretion

  • The status of good faith in English Law
  • When can a decision be attached for being capricious?

Guarantees and indemnities

  • Primary guarantees 'on demand'
  • Secondary obligations to perform or to pay
  • 6 types of indemnities

Obligations and endeavours

  • Innominate, warranty or a condition - how do you tell?
  • New tests for reasonable endeavours

Breach of contract and damages

  • The difference between repudiatory and material breach
  • How to handle non-performance
  • Liquidated damages or penalties?

Other remedies

  • Failure of basis and abandonment
  • Misrepresentation
  • Unjust enrichment and duress

Limitation of liability

  • Drafting exclusion clauses that work
  • Latest guidance on reasonableness


  • Force majeure - Covid and Ukraine
  • The entire agreement clause
  • Dispute resolution and variations

Smart contracts

  • Contracting in natural language or code?


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Helen Swaffield
Contract Law Chambers

Helen Swaffield is a practising Barrister with over 25 years’ experience in Commercial and Public Law including commercial contracts and regulation, EU Law, international outsourcing and procurement, competition, franchising, supply and distribution and IPR. Helen appears in the High Court, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court as well as commercial arbitrations and adjudications. Helen has a French Law accreditation and has a diploma in EU Law from the University of Strasbourg. Having worked at both the EU Commission and the EU Court, she speaks French and reads Spanish.

Helen has drafted commercial, public and health sector contracts and has developed precedents and templates for industry use. She is regularly consulted to mitigate business risks and resolve claims and other disputes before litigation. Helen is the editor of and contributor to the Commercial Litigation Journal and the Procurement and Outsourcing Journal.

More details

NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

15 July 2024

Live online

09:00-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:00-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
04:00-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 13824

  • GBP 599
  • EUR 859
  • USD 979

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2 October 2024

Live online

09:00-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:00-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
04:00-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 13974

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 28 Aug

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price; and apply only when booking multiple delegates on the same date.

Reviews of IPI's Contract Law Update - the latest case law in practice training course

Excellent speaker, clear slides and comprehensive content.

Jan 16 2024

John Marray
Senior Legal Director, Fair Isaac Services

Oct 6 2023

I very much enjoy Helen's courses - she always includes complicated material but it is done in an accessible manner. The courses are also interactive and the supporting materials very good.

Charlotte Osmond
Director, Legal Affairs and Contracts (Solicitor), Orion Clinical Services Limited

Oct 5 2022

Really enjoyed this course, and the notes are brilliant

Deborah Antonio

Oct 5 2022

I have attended Helen's courses previously and find her very engaging and full of practical tips. I found the presentation very engaging - it was a concern that the course moved on-line but actually I found this absolutely fine. There are some useful points for me to take away and consider implementation of in my day to day work.

Charlotte Osmond
Director, Legal Affairs and Contracts (Solicitor), Orion Clinical Services Limited

United Kingdom

  • BIAL - Portela & Ca, S.A.
  • Brazilian Naval Commission in Europe
  • Chelton Limited
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Fair Isaac Services
  • Health Data Research UK
  • Impellam
  • Impellam Group PLC
  • Inenco
  • Law Firm
  • Orion Clinical Services Limited
  • Pitch International LLP
  • Riverstone Management
  • RSS Global Ltd
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Vanderlande Industries United Kingdom Ltd


  • GNRTN Partners


  • Huisman Equipment B.V

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Multiple colleagues? See above for details of our discounts for 2, 3, or 4 delegates. For more, talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

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

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Training expert

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