English contract law for European Retail & Consumer businesses

Please join us for a practical view of English contract law brought to you by Bird & Bird partner and contract law specialist, Andrew White.

This seminar, held in English, is designed to provide international retail and consumer-facing businesses operating in Europe with essential know-how and tools on English contract law.

It is relevant for anyone in legal departments or commercial teams dealing with business-to-business contracts governed or influenced by English law.

The session will be led by Bird & Bird partner and experienced presenter Andrew White, who will highlight core concepts, explain jargon and give practical illustrations.

Andrew will be joined by lawyers from Bird & Bird's Retail & Consumer team, who will contribute valuable examples and insights relevant to the sector.

Who should attend?

This session is designed for participants from any retail or consumer-facing business, including food and beverages, fashion and luxury, consumer goods, hotels, hospitality and leisure.

Some testimonials about this seminar

- “Extremely clear…”
Italian food and drinks company

- "Terrific session..."
US -based media company

- "Documentation will be extremely useful..."
Spanish drinks company

- "Engaging, practical and very interesting..."
Italian luxury goods business

- "Easy to follow and extremely helpful..."
German home services provider



13:30 - 14:00

Arrival and refreshments

14:00 - 15:30

Part 1: Building blocks of English contract law for retail and consumer-facing businesses

  • Building blocks: judges, cases and statutes
  • 'Good faith' in English commercial law
  • 'Subject to contract' and contract formation
  • Interpreting contracts
  • Performance obligations
  • Brexit and commercial contracts

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break 

 15:45 - 17:15

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 Retail & Consumer colleagues will provide comments from a sector perspective:

  • Limitation of liability
  • Liquidated damages and penalties
  • Indemnities
  • Direct, indirect and consequential damages


17:15  Get-together with drinks and finger food

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