Since English law is chosen to govern so many international contracts, non-lawyers and those qualified in other legal systems must often deal with unfamiliar legal concepts.
In response, Euromoney Legal Training has created this practical and essential introduction to English contract law. Regularly updated to include the latest developments, the course covers the main provisions of English contract law.
For those who learned their English contract law a while ago, the course provides a structured and practical refresher. For newcomers to English contract law, it offers a concentrated but accessible introduction.
If you are not an English lawyer, but work with English-law contracts, this is a course you cannot afford to miss.
Essential topics covered:
- The formation of contracts under English law
- Contract interpretation
- Changing the terms or parties to an existing contract
- Remedies for breach of contract
- (Optional) Advanced day focusing on specific clauses
Sources of English contract law
We review the origins of English contract law in cases and statutes. Topics covered include:
- Where to find todays law
- The rules of precedent
- How courts can still make new law today
- How to look up cases and legislation on the internet
Making the contract
- Pre-contract documents
- Negotiations subject to contract
- Making the contract
- Standard terms and the battle of the forms
- Formal requirements
- Letter of comfort
- Memorandum of understanding
- Letter of intent
- Authority to proceed
- Side agreement
We apply the principles covered today in a case study illustrating the contractual position at various stages of negotiations, and the effect of starting work before a formal contract is signed or fully agreed.
Day 2 -
Duties during negotiations
- Good faith
- Lock-in / lock-out clauses
- Economic duress
In a case study, we look at remedies for pre-contract misrepresentation
We review the latest law on contract interpretation, including
- The modern approach
- Business sense
- Rules and maxims of interpretation (eiusdem generis,contra proferentem, expressio unius)
- Top tips for avoiding ambiguity in contract drafting.
Again, we review the modern approach to finding implied terms, including
- Terms implied as obvious or necessary
- Making business sense of the agreement
- Statutory implied terms
- The effect of attempts to exclude implied terms
Changing the contract
We look at ways to change a contract after it is executed, including
- Correcting mistakes
- Changing the parties
Changing the terms.
Remedies for breach
- Enforcing performance
- Liquidated damages and penalties
We review the law and the practical options for a party faced with delay or default in performance, including rights under a termination clause. Delegates then apply this knowledge in a case study.
Dealing with delay
We review methods used to manage problems arising from delay, including
- Liquidated damages
- Force majeure
- Making time of the essence.
In a case study, we review the options open to a party seeking to enforce the time limits in a contract.
We review and apply the principles covered in this course, in a case study or game.
This course instructor has practised for 12 years as a barrister specializing in general commercial litigation until 1997, when Chambers & Partners ranked her in the top 11 juniors for commercial work in London. She then supported litigators at Denton Wilde Sapte for another 12 years with training, current awareness, know how and precedents.
Experienced in plain language legal drafting and editing, she is quoted in the Law Society's textbook "Clarity for Lawyers" and is a committee member of Clarity, the international association for plain language in the law. As Denton Wilde Sapte's plain language co-ordinator, for 3 years she supported their plain language service, liaising with other lawyers across the firm and with non-lawyers in training, business development and IT.
Courses run by this instructor
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This residential school offers an unequalled opportunity for lawyers from around the world to learn the principles and practice of international financial law from expert practitioners.
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Moreover, the Summer School has a strong practical orientation; it provides guidance and advice on how to identify, approach and solve the legal problems posed by international financial transactions.
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