Legal Aspects of Procurement – 1 Day


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This two-day course is aimed at procurement professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of contract law provisions, principles and processes. The course also includes some treatment of non-contractual issues, including negligence liability.

It will explore relevant legal principles and recent court rulings and show how to apply this knowledge to general procurement practice.  Previous experience of legal issues is not essential, although this course does build on the learning in Introduction to contracts.

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Understand the legal framework can impact on day-to-day procurement


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a better understanding of standard contracts operating in your own organisation
  • Identify the various risks that exist at the formation stage of contracting and how to address these
  • Demonstrate a clearer understanding of the potential liabilities and claims that can arise between buyers and suppliers when concluding contracts
  • Operate with a clearer awareness of the purpose behind a range of widely used contractual terms and conditions
  • Show a sound understanding of how suppliers’ terms differ from buyers’ terms and the reasons for these differences
  • Operate with enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the field of procurement law.

This is a two-day training course.

What key points will the training cover?

  • Sources of English and international law
  • Contract formation, including:
    – Essentials for valid contracts
    – Electronic contracting
    – Battle of the forms
  • Contents of a contract
    – Relationship between express and implied terms
    – Impact of legislation on contract terms (including Sales of Goods Act 1979, Supply of Goods and Service Act 1982, Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, Consumer Rights Act 2015)
  • Key contract clauses
    – Meaning and significance, including delivery, payment, ownership and risk
    – Exclusion/limitation of liability
    – Force majeure
    – Liquidated damages
    – Contract variations
    – Indemnities
    – Assignment
    – Intellectual Property Rights
    – Dispute resolution
  • Non-contractual liability
  • Recent case law and other developments