Commercial contracts can be difficult to understand. Their general appearance, style of writing, and use of legal terminology is off-putting. Sometimes, they seem to be written in impenetrable code by lawyers for other lawyers.
This course explains why contracts look the way they do. It highlights the useful features of a contract and the unnecessary features that
It explain the process that lawyers, clients and
support staff typically follow when working with contracts.
You'll discuss the different stages in the life of a contract, and some of the activities that are encountered at each stage. These stages include drafting, negotiating, approving, signing, administering, performing, amending, terminating and litigating contracts.
Topics covered in this workshop include:
- What makes a contract a contract
- Why contracts are written in this particular way
- The process of negotiating and signing contracts
- Administering existing contracts, including record-keeping
- Amending and terminating contracts
- Administering disputes over contracts
Who this course is for
This practical course is designed for people who want to understand contracts better.
You don’t need to be a lawyer to benefit from the
course. Past participants have included a team of engineering project
managers from a water utility company, a team of legal secretaries from a
well-known media company, and research contract managers from
universities and research funding bodies.
Managers and administrators
who are new to a role that involves working with contracts will find the
course useful, as will more experienced staff who would like to
understand better the legal and commercial background to their work with
The course will also be useful for legal trainees and paralegals who wish to understand better the practical aspects of this subject.
By the end of this course you should be familiar with:
- the basic structure of a conventional commercial agreement
- some standard techniques for writing contractual obligations clearly
- the typical process for negotiating and signing contracts
- the need for monitoring contractual obligations after signature
- the process for terminating contracts
Costs and concessions
The standard price is £600.
Discounts are available for:
- booking early (21 days before the start of the course)
- UCL Alumni
- UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law sponsoring firms
- group bookings
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Mark is a practising solicitor, who is recommended in Chambers Directory for both life science transactions and IP. He's recommended in the international guide, IAM Patent 1000, as a leading UK lawyer in the field of IP licensing. His blog on IP contracts, IP Draughts, was made a member of the Blawg100 by the American Bar Association in 2012. He's a Certified Licensing Professional (a qualification established by the Licensing Executives Society (US and Canada)) and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.
He's run CPD courses on IP and contract subjects since the 1990s. He's a visiting lecturer at the UCL Faculty of Laws, and is the course director of a 5-day course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which is run by UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law. This course has won two awards: a Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended) in the Learning and Development category, and a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award.
Course information last modified: 13 Mar 2019, 10:09