Many international commercial agreements are subject to English law. Often non-UK lawyers are faced with unfamiliar legal concepts and requirements. To overcome these hurdles and help lawyers become truly international, Euromoney Legal Training has created this practical and interactive training course.
Regularly updated, the course aims to provide you with the principal elements of English law and in particular the main provisions of English contract law. It is highly participative with several practical case studies and workshops throughout the four days.
How this course will help you
You will learn:
The essential distinctions between common and civil law systems
To identify the key elements of a common law judgement
How a contract is formed and what it contains
Remedies for breach of contract
To effectively structure a joint venture under English law
Applicable law and international financial contracts
Documentation techniques for English law contracts
Who should attend:
To enable you to understand how English law works in practice, you will take part in practical documentation exercises and will analyse the following specific legal issues and contracts:
Pre-contractual documents: letters of intent and commitment
Negotiation of a contract
Contents of the contract: express and standard terms
Acquisition of a UK company: main provisions of share purchase agreements
Drafting force majeure clauses
- Construction of contract terms
The common law: nature and methodology
What is the common law?
The role of judge-made law
The authority of case-law
Consensual and non-consensual liabilities
Workshop 1: Analysing a common law case
Participants analyse a law report, consider the basis of the judgment and evaluate its significance for the future.
Equity and trusts
The equitable jurisdiction
Trusts: their use and structure
Legal and beneficial interests
Intention to create a trust
Identifying trust property
Duties of trustees
Formation of contract (1)
Termination of offer
Deeds & bonds
Formation of contract (2)
Function of the doctrine
From the promise
Workshop 2: Consideration case studies
Participants examine recent cases relating to the doctrine of consideration.
Formation of contract (3)
Workshop 3: Formation of contract
Participants consider the course of real-world negotiations and apply the common law approach to the formation of contract.
Formation of contract (4)
Workshop 4: The nature of pre-contractual documents
Participants study the wording and effect of precontractual documents.
The contents of the contract (1)
Classification of terms
Workshop 5: Common contractual provisions in financial documentation
Participants study the wording and structure of standard terms in banks loan and guarantee documentation.
The contents of the contract (2)
Contractual provision for remedies
Liquidated damages and penalties
Case studies: Murray v Leisureplay and Alfred McAlpine v Tilebox
Force majeure clauses
Terms implied in fact
Terms implied in law
The contents of the contract (3)
Construction of contractual terms
Rules of interpretation
Exclusion & limitation clauses
Case study: ICS v West Bromwich Building Society
Workshop 6: Interpretation of contractual terms
Participants consider the courts interpretation and application of contractual terms in contracts of insurance and shipbuilding.
Parties to the contract
Variation of contractual terms
Workshop 7: Variation and discharge
Participants consider a case study regarding variation and discharge of contract by the terms of the payment instrument.
Acquiring a UK Company
Guest speaker: Joe Tanega
Share Purchase Agreements
Tax, warranties and other liability issues
Differences between public and private acquisitions
Workshop 8: Practical session company acquisition
Participants take the roles of parties to a transaction where a company is facing an acquisition.
Joint ventures under English law
Guest speaker: Joe Tanega
Workshop 9: Practical session cross-border joint venture
Participants take the roles of parties to a crossborder joint venture and consider key issues.
Transfer of contractual rights and obligations
Termination of contract
Workshop 10: Frustration case study
Participants consider a real-life scenario and determine whether the doctrine of frustration applies.
Applicable law and jurisdiction under English law
Conflicts of law in international transactions
The common law approach
The EEC convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations
Case study: Iran continental shelf oil company
Jurisdiction under the Brussels Convention
Case study: Chailease v Credit Agricole Indosuez
Alan Ward is a Fellow of the School of Law at the University of Essex, and also lectures at other European Universities. Specialising in international trade and banking, he has also developed an extensive professional training and consultancy practice in these areas.
An originator of successful Euromoney courses in international financial law, he has trained bankers, lawyers and corporates in North and South America, South East Asia and the Middle East.
He has written for the Journal of International Banking Law and the Business Law Review in addition to editing a practitioner's text on international trade finance.
He has acted as a consultant to international banks in London, Sweden and Germany and is a member of the ICC United Kingdom National Committee.
Courses run by this instructor
Hotel in Central London, London, United Kingdom
Venue and Accommodation Information
All Euromoney Legal Training events are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds you expectations.
We have selected several venues across Central London, that we are confident meet our strict criteria for quality, service and professionalism. Each venue also offers accommodation for Euromoney Delegates at discounted professional rates.
Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date. Euromoney Legal Training can however recommend the following venues:
The Rembrandt, Knightsbridge
The Rembrandt is a spectacular hotel with the timeless ornate architecture and traditional qualities of an Edwardian building. Located in the exclusive area of Knightsbridge, the hotel was originally built as apartments for Harrods, as such all rooms have an individual shape, giving them each their own special feel. Each of the training rooms have natural daylight and a private lobby area.
For more information visit http://www.sarova.com/rembrandt or call +44 (0)20 7589 8100
The four-star deluxe Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge is situated in the heart of one of the best shopping areas of London. Of all the hotels in Knightsbridge, this Millennium Hotel is amongst one of the most contemporary and stylish Knightsbridge hotels in the area. This Knightsbridge hotel has excellent transport links - only a short walk from Knightsbridge underground station on the Piccadilly line and just 40 minutes from London Heathrow Airport via the underground.
For more information visit www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumknightsbridge or call +44 (0)20 7235 4377
Crowne Plaza, Kensington
The stylish Crowne Plaza London-Kensington hotel is a short walk from Victorian shopping, royal parks and London's epic museums. All the training rooms are fed with natural daylight with lunch or coffee breaks taking place on their attractive garden terrace.
For more information visit http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/london/lonke/hoteldetail or call +44 (0)20 7373 2222
London Marriott Hotel, Kensington
Located close to Central London in the heart of Kensington, the London Marriott Kensington is perfectly situated for the best shopping and tourist attractions.
For more information visit http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonlm-london-marriott-hotel-kensington
The Regency Hotel, Kensington
The hotel is conveniently located for all major transport links, such as Londons Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead airports, all major London train stations, and is a short walk from the nearest tube station (South Kensington, Piccadilly Line).
For more information visit www.londonregency.com or call +44 (0) 207 373 7878
Radisson Edwardian, Central London
The Radisson Edwardian offers a wide range of venues and accommodation across Central London, including such famous London areas as Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Mayfair. Each location offers 4-star accommodation and training facilities.
For more information visit www.radissonedwardian.com or call +44 (0)800 37 44 11
Euromoney Legal Training has also appointed approved and independent booking agencies to help you find the best location for you to stay during your time in London:
Venue Search UK
All the delegates have to do is telephone +44 (0)20 8541 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and say that they are a Euromoney delegate!
Zibrant offer a huge range of hotels across London and can find you accommodation as close to your training venue as possible. They will ensure that you receive preferential rates as a Euromoney delegate. Go to www.zibrant.co.uk/euromoney for more details. Alternatively you can email your enquiry to email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1332 285 521.
Euromoney Legal Training strongly recommends that you do not book your accommodation until you have received full course confirmation.
If you require any further information, please contact us:
Euromoney Legal Training
Tel: +44 (0) 207 779 8601
Fax: +44 (0) 207 779 8599
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