Law - Commercial Contracts

Law Society of Ireland

Law - Commercial Contracts

Programme structure and approach to learning
This course provides an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial agreements. It includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements. Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations on how best to ensure that your commercial contracts provide legal and commercial certainty. The course begins with general drafting advice, examining standard boilerplate provisions, before considering issues pertinent to specific practice areas in more depth.

Subjects taught

The programme is based on the following modular scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Drafting commercial agreements
Standard contract structures, rules of interpretation, implied and express terms,
Proficient drafting, terminology, business acumen, expectation management,
Negotiating contracts and risk management, due diligence,
Dispute resolution options, remedies and enforcement.

Module 2: Commercial agreements
Supply agreements, key terms and legislative provisions,
Agency and distribution agreements, role of the commercial agent, termination clauses,
Outsourcing, service description, performance indicators.

Module 3: Technology and e-commerce
E-commerce regulations,
Website terms and conditions, website privacy statements,
Software licencing, concept of licensing, limitation of liability,
Intellectual property, copyright, patentability.

Module 4: Consumer law
Core legislative provisions,
Unfair practices,
Core/non-core unfair terms.

Module 5: Data protection
Data protection concepts, role of the Data Protection Commissioner,
Legitimate processing and retention of data, Safe Harbour principles,
Data transfers, data subjects rights and notification requirements.

Module 6: Public procurement and tendering
Works, services or supply contracts,
Procurement rules and procedures,
Tender evaluation, selection criteria,
Procurement strategy checklist.

Workshops are designed to be interactive and involve working on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 Workshop 1: practical application through case studies and drafting exercises of issues encountered in lectures relating to share purchase agreements, supply agreements, agency and distribution agreements.

23 March 2024 10am

2 Workshop 2: practical application through case studies and drafting exercises of issues encountered in lectures relating to technology and e-commerce contracts, website terms and conditions, and data protection provisions.

27 April 2024 9:45am

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
The course is suitable for:

Public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis,

Trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of the commercial industry,

Barristers who practice in the areas of commercial litigation, chancery and contract law, and

Other suitably qualified professionals who are involved in negotiation and drafting commercial agreements.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €175 bringing the total course fee to €1,900. No fees are required prior to approval.

Application dates

The closing date for applications for this course is 10 February 2024.


Delivery Method
Lectures on Thursdays with occasional workshops on Saturdays. Also available to view on demand.

Enrolment dates

Start Date Saturday 24 February 2024 at 10:00 AM

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