English contract law for international businesses

Please join us for a practical seminar on English contract law led by Bird & Bird UK partner and contract law specialist, Andrew White.

This seminar, held in English, is intended to provide international businesses operating in Europe with essential know-how and tools on English contract law. It is part of a programme of international client events which have been delivered in eight countries in the last year.

In the session Andrew will highlight core concepts, explain jargon and give practical illustrations. Topics covered include contract interpretation, good faith, Brexit, liability, indemnities and direct and consequential loss.

For more information, see the programme below.

Andrew will be joined by lawyers from Bird & Bird's Munich office, who will contribute additional examples and insights.

Who should attend?

The session is designed for members of in-house legal departments or commercial teams dealing with business-to-business contracts governed or influenced by English law. It will be relevant for all industry sectors.

Some testimonials about this seminar:

  • "Engaging and relevant…."
    German-based software house

  • "It went far beyond my expectations..."
    Global life sciences company
  • "Terrific session..."
    US-based media company
  • "Really appreciate the toolkit to take away…"
    International aerospace company

  • "A pleasure attending... the time truly flew by..."
    Indian-based, global communications company

  • "Extremely informative and perfectly pitched..."
    US investment bank

13:00 – 13:45

Arrival and light lunch

13:45 – 15:15

Part 1:Building blocks of English contract law


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

15:15 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Part 2:Jargon-busting on some core liability concepts


In this section Andrew will summarise some core English contract law concepts relating to liability and risk allocation:


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

17:30 – 18:30

Networking, drinks and refreshments

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