Contracts/Contract Law for Overseas Business Executives



Training will be conducted on a 1:1, 1:2 or small-group basis over 3-5 days. Course duration: 18-30 hours. The course may also be held on a semi-intensive half-daily basis.


The aims of this course are to enable overseas business executives to develop an understanding of the basics of English Contract Law; to see how this applies to the way contracts are interpreted and drafted; to read and understand contracts more effectively; to see how and why contracts are structured the way they are; to understand the relationship between Contract and Tort Law and how this affects the construction of liability and to explore how The English Legal System affects the way contracts are interpreted and drafted.

Legal Subjects & Terminology

1 Key Aspects of The English Legal System and their effect on Contracts
2 Basic principles of English Contract Law
3 Basic Principles of Liability under English Law
4 Liability in Tort and Contract.
5 Common Legal Jargon and its meaning
6 Commonly confused Terms in Contracts


1 Reading and Understanding Contracts: By exploring the legal concepts which underlie contracts, delegates will be better able to see the significance of certain common types of clause to be found in contracts.
2 Deciphering Common Contractual and other Legal Jargon: By considering the background law which lies behind such jargon, delegates will be able to demystify aspects of their own contracts for themselves and their colleagues.
3 Interpreting Contracts: By examining how legal concepts language and phraseology interact to produce meaning in English contracts, delegates will be able to interpret contracts more effectively and identify potential areas of liability for themselves and their firms.


The unique "grammar" of contract drafting will be considered in depth on this course as well as more traditional aspects of English grammar and syntax in the context of the various structured exercises undertaken on the course.


Whether conducted on a 1:1 or small-group basis, these courses are highly participative and tailored closely to the needs of each delegate. Activities include intensive reading exercises, discussion/analysis of legal concepts, Q&A on legal topics, formal input, simulations, ad-hoc briefings and written exercises.