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Contract Law Masterclass for Non-Lawyers

2-Day Training Course. Learn to better manage risk, systematically audit contracts & improve dispute resolution by examining advanced elements of contract law & contractual obligations. Become competent at assessing the legal advice you receive & interpreting it correctly to generate true value for your business.

Brisbane // 08-09 March 2018 | 04-05 October 2018
Sydney // 11-12 Apr 2018 | 22-23 Nov 2018
Perth // 24-25 May 2018 | 29-30 November 2018
Melbourne // 07-08 June 2018 | 06-07 December 2018
Adelaide // 28-29 June 2018
Canberra // 30-31 August 2018

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Gain new tools, knowledge and means to handle and develop legally astute and advantageous contracts
  • Implement strategies to ensure your contracts are plainly expressed and well risk-managed
  • Protect your interests if things go wrong in the future
  • Understand the force of your contractual obligations
  • Identify clauses that can be used to effectively manage risk
  • Recognise the optimal times to exert the power of the clauses in your contracts
  • Appreciate what constitutes a good contract and why
  • Ensure that your organisation has a high level of ‘contractual governance’
  • Understand the contractual implications of practical e-commerce


About the Course

Second in our contract law series and our CMP Certification, this course is designed to address the most recent issues confronting executives in a contract process. You will examine the issues arising on formation and how to ensure parties maintain control when establishing their contractual obligations.

This course will focus on how judges’ deal with issues of interpretation of contracts and how to ensure that ambiguity is avoided in documentation.

You will also learn to interpret recent decisions of judges and the impact of these decisions on contract law and its practice. The use of well used clauses requires precise drafting to ensure the clauses achieve their desired purposes.
The instructor will spend detailed time teaching participants how to interpret examples, and take their interpretative and analysis skills back to their workplace.

Who Will Benefit

  • This practical intermediate course is relevant for ALL those who have dealings with contracts in their everyday business environment
  • The course assumes at least a fundamental knowledge of the law. In order to discuss these more detailed concepts presented in this course, all participants must understand the basics
  • It suits people who have a strong practical background and wish to explore some topical areas in more detail
  • Often people who have completed law degrees attend this course due to its strong practical focus and application


Job titles include, but not limited to

  • Contract administrators
  • Contract coordinators
  • Contract advisors
  • Contract officers
  • Contract managers
  • Procurement and purchasing managers
  • Logistics and supply chain personnel
  • Project managers
  • Commercial officer and managers
  • General managers
  • Business development managers
  • CEOs
  • Marketing managers
  • Engineers
  • Technical and operations personnel/managers
  • Foremen
  • Operations managers


Packages Price
2 Day Training 2018$2795$2695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
  • Special rate $2156 (per person) when you book for four or more participants, please call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email to take advantage of this offer.


Location, dates & pricing

Brisbane // 08-09 March 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02BR. Expires by 26 Jan 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 16 Feb 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Sydney // 11-12 April 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02SY. Expires by 02 Mar 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 23 Mar 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Perth // 24-25 May 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02PE. Expires by 13 Apr 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 04 May 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Melbourne // 07-08 June 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02ME. Expires by 27 April 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 18 May 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Adelaide // 28-29 June 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02AD. Expires by 18 May 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 08 Jun 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Canberra // 30-31 August 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02CA. Expires by 20 Jul 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 10 Aug 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Brisbane // 04-05 Oct 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02BR2. Expires by 24 Aug 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 14 Sep 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Sydney // 22-23 Nov 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02SY2. Expires by 12 Oct 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 02 Nov 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Perth // 29-30 Nov 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02PE2. Expires by 19 Oct 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 09 Nov 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.

Melbourne // 06-07 Dec 2018
Super Early Bird rate: $2,495 (Save $300 + GST). Use code P18GL02ME2. Expires by 26 Oct 2018.
Early Bird rate: $2,695. Expires by 16 Nov 2018.
Standard rate: $2,795.


I enjoyed the interactive learning transfer method whereby Terry posed questions and the group developed the answers with his assistance.
National Contracts Manager, Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia

Good at engaging with students, terrific examples, well spoken, always has an answer. I would attend any of his courses.
Estimator Services Projects, Outotec Pty Ltd

Terry is a very engaging presenter and provides a rich array of examples to aid understanding. My experience with Informa was positive from beginning to end…Terry was an excellent presenter and the course content was well constructed and relevant. Terry took what was potentially a dry topic and brought it to life.
Project Manager, KBR


Terry Reid

Course Outline

Managing issues on formation

  • Analysing the interpretation problems with formation documents, e.g. Letters of intent, MoUs, Letters of Comfort and Heads of Agreements
  • Preliminary agreements and certainty of terms in contracts
  • The problem of ‘good faith’ in contracts and what this means for contracting parties
  • The formation of process contracts and the associated risks
  • Issues surrounding electronic transactions

Drafting a watertight yet concise contract

  • The approach taken by judges in interpreting documentation
  • The fundamentals of a modern approach to plain drafting
  • Using appropriate grammatical structures and words to avoid
  • Developing an appropriate structure for contracts and plain language vocabulary
  • The incorporation of KPIs in contract drafting
  • Development of an overall design framework for contract drafting
  • The use of ‘standard form’ contracts and how to avoid exposure by using these contracts
  • The problems surrounding the use of boilerplate clauses in contracts


Termination of contracts

  • The legal rules which govern termination in contracts
  • Designing termination provisions in contracts to ensure they avoid any adverse judicial interpretation
  • Identification of the practical response to termination rights in a contract
  • Minimisation of the risk which arises on a right of termination being exercised
  • Identification of conduct which amounts to wrongful termination and its impact on contracts
  • The rules relating to repudiation in contract management


Damages examined

  • The legal principles which apply to contractual remedies
  • Matters which affect the recovery of damages and recent cases where the courts have assessed damages
  • The rules relating to liquidated damages in contracts
  • The commercial and legal problems associated with liquidated damages clauses
  • Drafting effective liquidated damages clauses



  • Analysing poor drafting and how it can be improved to achieve a stronger and clearer outcome
  • Review contracts and examine good and bad examples of contracts against the commercial objectives which the contract aims to support



  • How to design risk management processes for organisational contracting
  • Assessing exposure from the contract
  • Identification of appropriate clauses which can be used to manage risk, e.g. exclusion clauses, limitation of liability clauses, indemnities, ‘best endeavours’ clauses, jurisdiction clauses
  • The judicial rules which govern the interpretation of risk management clauses in contracts
  • Drafting tips to avoid the pitfalls of risk management clauses
  • The legal rules applicable to jurisdiction clauses and how to ensure jurisdiction risk is controlled
  • The management of risk associated with variations in contracts



  • Examination of insurance arrangements and indemnities



  • The modern approach to dispute resolution
  • The pitfalls and traps of dispute resolution
  • Drafting a dispute resolution process for contracting
  • How to ensure the collection and maintenance of appropriate documentation within the contract process
  • The legal view of clauses which provide for dispute resolution



  • The course will underpin the legal rules which apply to contracts by using case examples and a detailed case study
  • This case study will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to apply the legal principles which will assist in the development of organisational systems to promote better use of contracts

when & where

08 - 09 Mar 2018


11 - 12 Apr 2018


24 - 25 May 2018


07 - 08 Jun 2018


28 - 29 Jun 2018


30 - 31 Aug 2018


04 - 05 Oct 2018


22 - 23 Nov 2018


29 - 30 Nov 2018


06 - 07 Dec 2018


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