Making Sense of Commercial Contracts Short course


Contracts are central to all businesses and, due to time pressures and financial restraints, non-lawyers are reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts with little formal training.

You'll gain a summary of the essential information required as non-lawyers in order to review commercial contracts. Practical examples will help to demystify the contracting process, explain common contractual provisions, and identify key areas of risk to be aware of when entering a commercial contract.

This course is equally applicable to those in property and non-property sectors.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Face to face
  • Duration:
  • Start and end dates:
  • Location: Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham GU10 1EX


  • Single bookings: £105
  • Multirate (3 or more courses booked at same time): £90
  • APC rate: £70
  • Apprenticeship rate: £70
  • Retired rate: £70

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • key elements of contract formation
  • the difference between express and implied terms contract structure
  • common legal phrases such as "subject to contract", "indemnity" and "joint and several liability"
  • boilerplate clauses such as force majeure, assignment, governing law and entire agreement
  • penalty clauses and liquidated damages


You'll be taught by Annabelle Harrison, a Senior Lecturer responsible for various legal subjects studied by surveying students in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this, Annabelle worked as a commercial solicitor in private practice advising on a range of commercial legal issues including drafting commercial contracts. She also has experience of working with property professionals on amendments to construction contracts and advising commercial landlords with various legal issues.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

Multi-discount courses

The following courses are eligible for the multirate discount when you book three or more courses at the same time:

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