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Introduction to Commercial Contracts with Marks&Clerk

August 12, 2014 @ 8:25 am - 5:00 pm

Introduction to Commercial Contracts, in association with Innovation Birmingham is an exclusive one day free interactive workshop delivered by Marks&Clerk.

To ensure delegates benefit from the hands on support on offer during the practical exercises, spaces are limited to 25 only.

Who should attend:
This event is ideal for anyone involved in negotiating and managing contracts in a company or university tech transfer office.

In a small company this could be all or any of the founders. In larger companies it applies to any of the following:

-Managing Director or CEO
-CFO or FD
-Company Secretary
-Contracts Officer
-Office Manager

Work shop Objectives:

Basic contract law issues:
• Privity
• Consideration
• Warranties and indemnities
• Limits on liability
• Competition law
• Termination
• Assignment, subcontracting and change of control
• Dispute resolution

Different types of contract for companies:
• Assignments
• Confidentiality agreements
• Materials evaluation agreements
• Licences in and out
• R&D contracts
• Manufacturing and process development
• Distribution and agency
• Terms of purchase and supply
• Industry specific contracts e.g website terms, software, tissue banking, clinical trials
Practical points:
• Perils and pitfalls in contract drafting
• Using standard form contracts
• Negotiating strategy and relationship management
• National considerations
• When to involve professional advisors

All delegates will be given access to slides after the event.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration, coffee and croissants

9:00 – 10:30 Types of contract and issues – Negotiating commercial contracts – issues perils and pitfalls

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Indemnities – What are the implications

12:00 – 12:30 Practical exercise – Eliciting key information

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Practical exercise – Contract negotiation exercise

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Practical exercise – Contract negotiation exercise continued

17:00 Close


Simon Portman, Managing Associate, Marks&Clerk Solicitors LLP
Simon Portman

Simon specialises as a commercial contract lawyer for technology companies. He works primarily for the bioscience sector but also advises clients in the defence, software and nanotech industries as well as individuals, public bodies and charities.

He advises on a wide range of contracts, including licenses, R&D collaborations, manufacturing agreements and procurement documentation. On the regulatory front he has advised on compliance with clinical trials legislation and novel food applications, as well as freedom of information and data protection issues.

Simon has co-written two business textbooks, “Commercial Issues for Life Science Companies” and “Intellectual Property; the Lifeblood of your Company” and has contributed articles to numerous publications, including the “Financial Times”, “Patent World” and “Managing Intellectual Property”. He regularly gives seminars and workshops at pharmaceutical conferences in the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Marks & Clerk Solicitors in March 2009 Simon trained at a London law firm (where his training included secondment to the petrochemical industry) and subsequently worked at one of Cambridge’s leading commercial practices. Simon spearheads the Cambridge branch of Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP. He is a member of the industry groups Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative, Cambridge Network and Games Eden.

Be sure to register at your earliest convenience to secure a space.