New Cases on Forming a Contract

A round-up of cases concerning the formation of a contract

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Course Overview

In recent years there has been a meteoric rise in cases on contracts by conduct or performance.

Barrister and lecturer Helen Swaffield of Contract Law Chambers will address this increase and will consider the following topics:

·         Letters of intent/MOUs

·         Contracts by conduct/subject to contract

·         Simple contracts (not deeds)

·         Settlement agreements – key issue for litigators – they can often go wrong

·         Capacity and authority issues on formation

·         Deeds – executing a deed

·         E-signatures update

Aimed at drafting non-contentious practitioners and litigators, this 30-minute session will ensure that viewers are familiar with new cases in this area and understand the execution and formation of contract, for deeds and for online.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have considered the range of documents which can ‘kick-off’ and then become a contract
  • • Understand the process when drafting ‘ordinary’ contracts
  • • Be aware of the ways in which settlement agreements can go wrong and know what to do if this happens
  • • Be familiar with the Law Society’s new practice note on e-signatures

What is the target audience?

  • Company law practitioners including drafters and litigators



About Instructor - Helen Swaffield

Helen was formerly a member of St Ives Chambers in Birmingham where she had a commercial chancery and insolvency practice. In August 2017 Helen established and now heads her own chambers: Contract Law Chambers & Advocates. Her expanding client base is serviced through offices in Chancery Lane, Bristol and Manchester.

In addition to being the former editor of the Procurement and Outsourcing Journal and the Commercial Litigation Journal published by Legalease, Helen is a well-renowned lecturer and trainer who develops bespoke training programmes for legal and business clients in the UK and internationally. 

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    34 Page


  • Quiz