Introduction to Contract Law

Many of us unwittingly enter into contracts every day of our lives – when we leave our car in a car park, when we take a train or bus journey or when we shop. Entering into a business contract is altogether more complex and the implications of getting it wrong can have far reaching effects on the profitability of your business.

On this course you will learn to:

  • Understand the origin and legal reasoning behind many of the contract clauses and terminology you use and understand why terms are couched in the way they are.
  • Be better prepared to write and negotiate contract arrangements that provide sufficient protection to your company.
  • Understand some of the core doctrines within English contract law such as the sanctity of contract, the privity of contract, the concept of reasonableness and how these have adapted over recent years.
  • Identify the critical elements required to create a legally binding contract enforceable by law.
  • Avoid ‘Battle of the Forms’ disputes.
  • Recognise the difference between a condition and a warranty and the differing remedies that may apply in the event of a breach of contract.
  • Understand the legality of exclusion and limitation clauses.
  • Understand contract performance, discharge and breach clauses.
  • Recognise the different situations which may lead to early contract termination, such as frustration, repudiation and rescission.

Aligned with UK-SPEC competence:

C: Responsibility, management or leadership.
E: Professional conduct, obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Course availability

Location Dates Duration Course code


24 May 2018

1 day


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Book by 24 March for the Early Bird rate


27 September 2018

1 day


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Book by 27 July for the Early Bird rate

Alternatively, fill in our booking form and return it to pdcourses@theiet.org.

Terms and conditions of booking.


Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £499

Standard £549

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £599

Standard £649

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend

This course is invaluable for anyone engaged in creating business contracts, from engineers or project managers making their own procurement decisions to purchasing and contracts staff.

"Course provided a well rounded introduction/awareness into contract law, which is what I was looking for". LS

Related courses

If you would like to book 5 delegates or more on to this course you may benefit from having this course delivered in-company


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