Law of Contract Course

Learn how to draft and read contracts

Two people sign a contract

Law of Contract Courses Online

Our Contract Law courses have been designed to teach the language of contract law in an easy-to-understand way.

Whether you wish to improve your contractual awareness, understand intellectual property rights or learn how to effectively manage contracts, then our instructors can coach you.

You will leave our courses with the necessary knowledge and confidence to easily spot risks in contracts and avoid common errors in law and English.

The Legal English School’s reputation for bringing contract law to life for ambitious lawyers and law students means that you will be engaged at all times and you will develop greater “commercial awareness” as a result. Our courses are not law-for-law’s-sake, we choose instead to focus on the commercial application of contract law and what this means in practice for you and your law firm.

Drafting Commercial Contracts Course

What is this course about?
The skill of drafting clear and unambiguous contracts is vital to your organisation’s commercial success.

Our drafting commercial contracts course effectively avoids hidden risks and liabilities and ensures that you always achieve your commercial objectives.

Our online lessons will help you to become familiar with all the typical clauses used in agreements today, you will be able to understand and deal with the potential risks and downsides involved as well as learn about the structure you need to draft clear contracts.

This course aims to give you a better understanding of what is required to successfully draft commercial contracts. It looks at planning for the contract, risk and liability, understanding legal jargon and the legal and contractual framework.

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Master the skills of clear contract drafting
  • Write clear and unambiguous terms
  • Specify performance obligations
  • Deal with any risks
  • Include effective Limitation and Exclusion Clauses
  • Avoid drafting errors

Key topics covered

  1. Planning the structure of the contract
  2. Specifying who must do what and by when
  3. The Specification
  4. Risk – Liability – Getting Paid
  5. The documents that will make up the contract
  6. The importance of language and words
  7. The contract conditions
  8. Preparing for negotiation
  9. Best Practice: Final checks

Who would benefit?
This course would benefit anyone involved in tendering, preparing proposals, drafting, amending, varying, working with change or granting waivers to contracts, including:

  • Commercial and contracts Directors and managers
  • Executives
  • Law students
  • Lawyers
  • Purchasing, (procurement) sales and licensing contracts people
  • Those involved in tenders and proposals
  • Contract managers
  • Translators and interpreters
  • Paralegals
  • Contract co-ordinators
  • Contract administrators
  • Contract negotiators
  • Company secretaries
  • Corporate governance officers
  • Legal department members

Key topics covered

1. Planning the structure of the contract

  • Who will write the contract?
  • Technical Drafting
  • Commercial Drafting
  • Using mind maps
  • What each party requires
  • What are the problems?
  • What are the risks?
  • Checklists

2. Specifying who must do what and by when

  • What the contract must cover
  • Who are the parties involved?
  • Is the contract for goods and services, or both?
  • How will the contract be performed?
  • Special considerations – guarantors, insurers

3. The Specification

  • The Technical Task
  • Work to be done
  • Equipment to be supplied
  • Services to be provided
  • Performance tasks
  • Measuring success
  • Sub-contracting

4. Risk – Liability – Getting Paid

  • What are the risks to each party?
  • Exclusion, Limitation and liquidated damages clauses
  • Cascading Risk down the supply chain
  • Allowances and Contingencies
  • Prices Fees and payments
  • Change

5. The documents that will make up the contract

  • Heads of terms
  • Order of priority
  • Master agreements and call off agreements
  • Recitals
  • Special conditions
  • Specifications
  • Schedules
  • Annexes
  • Supporting documents
  • Different language versions

6. The importance of language and words

  • Expounding a myth: you do not pay by the word
  • Representations, conditions, warranties and intermediate terms
  • Definitions
  • Rules of interpretation
  • The golden rules
  • The meanings of words
  • Getting the grammar right
  • Boilerplate clauses
  • Drafting tips

7. The contract conditions

  • Model or in-house
  • Standardised or tailor-made
  • Battle of the forms

8. Preparing for negotiation

  • Teams
  • Tasks
  • Research
  • Important points
  • Establishing Settlement ranges
  • Setting agendas

9. Best practice: Final checks

  • Do the terms make commercial sense?
  • Are all the risks covered?
  • Is the draft wording unambiguous?
  • Have we met our objectives?
  • Have we allowed for change?

I enjoyed the contract law course and gained so much value from the work I did. Many thanks.

— Alvaro Silvan, United Nations