English contract law in practice: Explaining jargon, illustrating concepts

12 November 2014


Bird & Bird LLP, Taunusanlage 1 (Skyper), 60329 Frankfurt am Main

This seminar, held in English, is designed to provide international businesses based in Germany with some essential know-how and tools about English contract law, beyond the jargon. It is relevant for anyone in legal or commercial departments dealing with contracts governed by English law. The session will be led by Bird & Bird partner and experienced presenter Andrew White, and highlights core principles, recent developments and practical illustrations. Andrew will be joined by Bird & Bird partner Dr. Matthias Winter, and Of Counsel, Prof. Dr. Benjamin von Bodungen, who will contribute valuable explanations from the German perspective. Andrew will also provide some written knowhow and tools for delegates from Bird & Bird's Knowledge Development System the Solutions Lab®.


Who should attend?
This session is designed for in-house lawyers and experienced contract professionals in German-based companies which operate internationally.


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The programme

Part 1:

Building blocks of English law.... and how they are changing
This section highlights some fundamental aspects of English law which are evolving:

  • 'Good faith' in English commercial law
  • New thinking on interpreting contracts
  • Filling in gaps in a contract: implied terms
  • New thinking on forming a contract

Part 2:

Jargon-busting on some core contract concepts
In this section Andrew will summarise some core English contract law concepts in a practical way and Matthias and Benjamin will provide comments:

  • Reasonable and best endeavours
  • Pre-contractual statements and Non-Reliance clauses
  • Material breach
  • Gross negligence
  • Direct, indirect and consequential loss

Part 3:

Essential features of English court procedure
We will provide an outline of various key features of court procedure: the role of 'solicitors' and 'barristers'; the concept of 'privilege'; 'discovery' process in court litigation, and some rules of evidence, and how courts allocate legal costs of the parties.

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