English contract law in practice - Hamburg


Date: 23 March 2017
Time: 13:30 - 18:00    Venue: Bird & Bird LLP, Grosser Grasbrook 9, 20457 Hamburg


This seminar, held in English, is designed to provide international businesses operating 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 and practical illustrations. Andrew will also highlight some important decisions rendered by the English Supreme Court in the last two years.  

Andrew will be joined by German Bird & Bird lawyers, who will contribute valuable explanations from the German perspective.

We 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 domestic and international companies operating in Germany.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

13.30 - 14.00
Registration and light refreshments
14.00 - 17.00
Seminar, including coffee break

The seminar is divided into two parts:

Part 1:
Building blocks of English contract law for businesses English judges and statutes of the ‘common law’ system

•'Good faith' in English commercial law
•'Subject to contract' and contract formation
•Key principles for interpreting contracts
•The impact of Brexit
•Limitation of liability

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 local colleagues will provide comments from a German perspective:

•Liquidated damages and penalties
•Indemnities
•Direct, indirect and consequential loss

In addition
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
•How courts allocate legal costs of the parties
17.00 - 18.00
Drinks & Canapés

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