English contract law for non English lawyers working in Retail & Consumer Businesses

25 June 2019

13:30 - 17:30

Bird & Bird
12 New Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1JP

Please join us for a practical view of English B2B contract law brought to you by Bird & Bird partner and contract law specialist, Andrew White.

As a result of our successful series of seminars across Europe, we are running this event in London specifically for the benefit of non-English lawyers working in the UK.

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.

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 Retail & Consumer sector heads Mark Abell and Graeme Payne, alongside other 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 non-English contract professionals 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

Previous and future dates in this seminar series:

28 March (afternoon)


17 April (morning)


8 May (morning)


9 May (morning)


28 May (morning)


13 June (morning)


25 June (afternoon)


10 September (afternoon)


17 September (morning)


5 November (morning)


Would you like to attend?

The programme

13:30 - 14:00

Arrival and refreshments

14:00 - 15:30

Part 1: Building blocks of English contract law for non-English lawyers working in 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 - 17:30