More about Contract Law for Non Contract Lawyers Workshop
Build confidence around legal terminology & contractual obligations to help protect your commercial interests, assist in contract development & avoid disputes. Better equip yourself to understand the legal advice you receive, interpret it correctly & generate true value for your business
Commercial arrangements sealed with signatures or handshakes are part of daily life for most professionals, across all industries and sectors. They remain good business practice because they’re built on enforceable principles of contract law. Yet with vaguely expressed contracts, unclear offers or acceptance, or even with questions of consideration or undue influence, contractual disputes are still common place.
law as part of the law of obligations
overview of the terminology used
different types of contracts encountered in the South African law
requirements of a valid contract
versus voidable contracts
in the event of breach
issues in an e-commerce environment
common clauses normally found in contracts
structure normally used to draft sound contracts
Andre van der Merwe
During the 10 years (1985 to 1994) working as a legal adviser at Absa, I dealt with contracts (negotiating, drafting and compliance) on a daily basis. This is where I learnt the importance of a well-constructed contract aimed at building good business relationships – rather than as a prelude to litigation.
I spent the next 11 years (1995 to 2006) as a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg teaching banking and finance (up to honours level) while presenting a number of courses in management, marketing, economics, strategy negotiation skills and law at Damelin, Milpark Business School and Global Business School. I also developed course material on all these subjects for these institutions as well as the Institute of Bankers in SA.
From 2007 to the present I have been offering learnerships within the banking industry – and together with a team of 14 facilitators, we saw over 6 000 learners graduate at NQF 5 and NQF 6 levels.
During all this time I consulted on various projects – with the focus on contractual obligations and compliance.
Qualifications: B Juris (cum laude); B Tech Banking (cum laude); CAIB(SA); PB(SA); FIBSA
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