Commercial contracts

Julie Scheller, Freeths, Nottingham

Wednesday 8 October, 9.30am – 1.00pm, followed by lunch

With video conferencing equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Birmingham

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard and Freeths

Data and technology contracts – a brave new legal world?

An introductory session aimed at legal officers advising on IT contracts, data and technology.

The session is designed to:

  1. refresh knowledge of some core contractual legal principles, principally those of most relevance to Local Government lawyers in the context of IT contracts,
  2. provide an update on the changes in data protection law, and
  3. to increase the confidence of all Local Government lawyers when advising on IT contracts through a practical workshop

Topics to be covered include:

  • Refresh of core contractual principles, including:
    o express and implied terms
    o variation
    o contractual interpretation
    o exclusion/limitation of liability
    o indemnities
    o breach and termination, and
    o Liquidated damages and penalties.
  • The Revised EU Data Protection Regime: Implications For Local Authorities
  • Practical workshop

Duration Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker Profiles:

Gemma Townley, Sharpe Pritchard is a contracts and public procurement specialist and she regularly advises local authorities on all aspects of commercial contracts including the preparation and drafting of documents, vires, data and information law, the use of frameworks and procurement requirements.

Stephen Pearson, Partner at Freeths, holds The Law Society Diploma in Local Government Law and acts predominantly in the public sector. Stephen is an expert in major PPP,outsourcing and Joint Venture projects, having completed over 30 schemes including “Blue Light”, Leisure, Health and Housing projects across the UK, Middle East and Caribbean , also advising on the procurement aspects of many schemes. He now gives advice on a daily basis to over 50 Council, Education and NHS clients on issues including negotiation of contracts, choice of procedures, contract variations, framework contracts, legal challenges and other issues under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. He has recently advised on and created a number of corporate/ joint venture entities such as companies and LLPs for local authority clients including Derby City Council, Milton Keynes Council and Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria and also advises on major State Aid issues.

David Lane, Associate at Freeths, covers a broad range of commercial work; from providing corporate support for mergers, acquisitions and transfers to negotiating all forms of agreement for the supply of goods and services (with I.T. and logistics contracts being key areas). David qualified in 2010 after completing his training contract with Freeths. David supports a number of partners across Freeths’ Commercial team, including working with Public Sector Partner Stephen Pearson on work with various council, educational and NHS clients. He has also spent eight months seconded with the in-house legal team at a multi-national provider of construction materials. One of David’s most significant projects recent involved the drafting and negotiation of a suite of ten inter-related commercial agreements for a corporate divestment worth over £250,000,000.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.