Drafting Commercial Contracts – Standard Form Contracts


Repeated from East Midlands

Theme: drafting commercial contracts

19 June 2017, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths, Birmingham


Presented by Geldards

Course overview

Suitable audience:

Junior lawyers


The purpose of the course is to review and discuss precedent clauses, identifying their advantages and pitfalls in everyday use. It is relevant in a number of different contractual contexts from purchaser to supplier and bespoke contracts to standard terms and conditions. It will also enable delegates to select an area of the contract for group discussion in an Open Forum.

• Liability or indemnity – which is better for you?
• Entire Agreement
• Termination and remedies clauses
• Assignment and third party rights
• Change control
• Precedence and Schedules – traps after Tekdata
• Force Majeure and other boilerplates
• Severance and illegality
• NDAs

Topics to be covered include:

Commercial Contracts – see above.

Interactive elements

The second part of the course will take the form of a group discussion enabling delegate to discuss live issues that they have come up against and to that end we would encourage delegates to bring examples along with them to enable us to explore ways to address topics raised. The intention will also be to discuss some precedent clauses at this time.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice

B4 Draft documents

B6 Negotiation

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles:

Michelle Craven-Faulkner is a well-respected commercial contracts lawyer with a strong background having worked in-house for many years prior to joining private practice.

Michelle has a real ability to understand her Clients’ requirements in order to document them in a way that is clear, concise and user friendly.

With a particular expertise in cross border arrangements and often for Clients who are highly innovative both in terms of products (goods and or services) and contracting structure, Michelle works closely with Clients in all sectors to achieve solutions which work for them rather than attempting to mould Clients into.

In addition Michelle provides advice on all aspects of the supply and purchase of assets, goods and services with a particular interest in engineering and major projects. Her background in industry brings a strong connection to the rail sector which is a particular specialism as is her work with renewable energy companies.

She is regularly called upon to speak on these topics at seminars and workshops, contributes comment and articles to the press and provides guest lectures to local universities on Contract Law.

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