The Sinner’s Guide to Contract Law

October 10th


The Sinner’s Guide to Contract Law

October 10th

2 - 5pm

Speakers: Stephen Cotton

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£135+VAT (Member price)

3hrs CPD

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we’re gonna be dizzy and we’re gonna make mistakes-Mel Brooks.


Which of us do adhere to the counsel of perfection in drafting our contracts, whether to record a simple or complex agreement?

This seminar is designed as a self-help guide on some of the problems/opportunities that arise not so much from not knowing the basics as from forgetting them in the heat of the moment when, to everyone’s relief and after weeks or months of negotiation, agreement on the ‘big points’ suddenly breaks out and everyone is desperate to sign up and test the ‘act in haste, repent at leisure’ maxim to its breaking point.


Stephen will address the general (the who, what, how and why basics) and discuss using some of the case law we all regularly hear about in very learned but slightly abstract terms. For example, now it’s not only our clients who dare to speak their name, what do we do about penalties?

This seminar will cover the following areas:

  • Why getting the parties right still matters
  • How, as drafters, we can help our litigation colleagues
  • How easy is it to find a contract?
  • Agreeing to agree
  • Contractual discretions
  • Termination
  • Penalties
  • Indemnities/Warranties
  • Limitation/exclusion
  • Notices
  • BREXIT boilerplates
  • Resisting the orthodox around restrictive covenants
  • The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    Stephen Cotton co-founded CCW Business Lawyers in 2003 and was a partner there until CCW merged with, and he became a partner in, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP in late 2018. He has been a regular speaker at professional conferences on contract law for over 25 years and was a member of the Advisory Group on the Scottish Law Commission’s recently completed project on Contract Law in the light of the DCFR-see here for the SLC Report. For over 35 years, he has advised on a variety of B2B and B2C bespoke/standard form contracts. He also has extensive experience of sporting, sponsorship, creative rights and IT/IPR contracts and was, from 2004-14, Chair of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.