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Commercial contract law conference 2020

Date: 23rd January 2020

Time: 09:00 - 16:35


CPD Hours: 6hours

Following the ‘life-cycle’ of a contract, the conference will explore the key issues in contract drafting, negotiation, management and litigation.

Book before Friday 6 December and save 20% with our Early bird rate

Join us in Aberdeen this winter for our Commercial contract law conference, following our popular Glasgow event.

Whether you are looking to refresh your contract drafting skills or to hear about recent decisions and current developments, the conference will offer practical tips and updated guidance through best practice, case law update and specialised insights.

Following the ‘life-cycle’ of a contract, our speakers will offer expert tips for drafting effective agreements; share their expertise for negotiating and managing contracts to mitigate associated risks; update you on the latest relevant cases; and discuss future scenarios in the area of alternative dispute resolution and in the current Brexit landscape.

At the end of each session, you will have the opportunity to join the speakers in the discussion and to ask questions on specific matters affecting your practice.

By attending this conference, you will gain:

  • A refresher on good drafting practice to avoid common errors and mitigate risks
  • Insights into the Scottish Law Commission’s proposed reform of contract formation and its practical implications
  • Practical guidance on how to best manage your contracts to avoid risks and liabilities, also in the oil and gas sector
  • Updated knowledge of the latest key cases around commercial contracts
  • An understanding of the current developments in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and of the main issues around jurisdiction post-Brexit.
  • Dr Kirsty Hood QC
  • Gillian Jamieson, Partner, Anderson Strathern
  • Peter Alderdice, Senior Associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • Bryan Wilson, Partner, Brodies LLP
  • Allan Mackenzie, Principal Solicitor (Commercial), Aberdeenshire Council
  • Leigh Anderson, Senior Solicitor (Corporate and Commercial), Aberdeenshire Council

"Really informative and engaging"

Delegate, October 2018

"Very impressive speakers. Well organised conference."

Delegate, October 2018

"Full and detailed course. Ability to gain significant CPD in one session"

Delegate, October 2018

"The course was well presented and very infomative"

Delegate, October 2018

"Very practical. Good to hear practitioner experience"

Delegate, October 2018

"Interesting, informative, varied, relevant"

Delegate, October 2018

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:30 - 09:40

    Welcome and introduction
  • 09:40 - 10:20

    Effective contract drafting: a refresher for commercial practitioners

    • Pointers for good drafting practice
    • Common drafting errors and what you should keep in mind to avoid them

    10:20 - 11:00

    Key issues in contract formation

    • Overview of the SLC proposal
    • Execution in counterpart: problems in practice and current developments
    • Case law discussion and update

    Peter Alderdice, Senior Associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn

    11:00 - 11:15

    Questions and discussion

  • 11:15 - 11:30

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:30 - 12:05

    Force majeure clauses: recent developments

    12:05 - 12:40

    Limitation and exclusion of liability: the key issues

    12:40 - 13:00

    Determining jurisdiction post-Brexit: Brussels I v Hague Convention

    Dr Kirsty Hood QC,

    13:00 - 13:15

    Questions and discussion

  • 13:15 - 13:50

    Lunch and networking
  • 13:50 - 14:25

    Risk allocation in oil and gas contracts

    Bryan Wilson, Partner, Brodies LLP

    14:25 - 15:00

    Key considerations in commercial contract strategy

    • In-house & private practice perspectives on contracts strategy
    • IT contracts case study – legal and practical considerations
    •  Contracts strategy elements

    Allan Mackenzie, Principal Solicitor (Commercial), Aberdeenshire Council
    Leigh Anderson , Senior Solicitor (Corporate and Commercial), Aberdeenshire Council

    15:00 - 15:15

    Questions and discussion

  • 15:15 - 15:30

    Refreshments and networking
  • 15:30 - 15:50

    Penalty clauses and liquidated damages: update on the latest cases

    Gillian Jamieson, Partner, Anderson Strathern

    15:50 - 16:10

    Insight into Mediation (Scotland) Bill: where are we now?

    16:10 - 16:25

    Questions and discussion



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