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Boilerplate clauses - common issues and practical tips

  • 05 July 2018
  • 9.15am – 10.15am (registration and breakfast from 8.45am)
  • 5 Chancery Lane, London, EC4A 1BL
  • Entry: Free

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Boilerplate clauses are often overlooked in commercial transactions. Sometimes they are not negotiated at all. But when things go wrong, boilerplate clauses are often central to the dispute and their interpretation can be crucial when determining rights.

The English courts have recently considered a number of issues relating to key boilerplate clauses. We will look at the following:

  • Penalty clauses
  • Reasonable and best endeavours clauses
  • Entire agreement clauses
  • The effectiveness of so-called "no oral modification" clauses

During the seminar we will review recent case law, provide practical tips on how to interpret key boilerplate clauses and consider how to avoid common pitfalls that can arise.

Event speakers

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Mark Lim


I specialise in the resolution of complex commercial disputes.

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Andrew Wanambwa


I am a partner in the Dispute Resolution team. My practice focuses on domestic and cross-border litigation and dispute resolution.

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Fraser McKeating

Senior Associate

I joined Lewis Silkin in 2005 and specialise in commercial disputes. I have extensive experience in advising in high value and complex ...

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