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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Technical legal practice

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Commercial disputes are a fact of life but can be a real headache for in-house counsel. Many in-house teams have little spare capacity and limited experience of litigation and face the challenge of using external resource effectively and keeping business disruption to a minimum. This course is designed for in-house lawyers who do not have a contentious background. It will assist you to minimise the risk of disputes by identifying risk factors in procurement processes and implementing measures to mitigate these risks. It will help you to deal with disputes as they arise, examining the issues that should be considered, advising on compliance with disclosure obligations and providing strategies to reduce the cost and time incurred. It will reap dividends for a busy in-house lawyer.

  • Where do the risks occur?
    • Transaction
    • Counter-party
    • Country
    • Product
    • Process
  • Dispute Resolution provisions
    • DR mechanisms
    • Choice of law
    • Choice of jurisdiction
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Preliminary issues to consider when a dispute arises
    • Engaging/choosing external lawyers
    • Fee Structure
    • Managing a litigation budget
    • Engaging overseas lawyers: practical tips
  • Funding litigation
  • Case Strategy
  • Disclosure and document management
  • Privilege
  • Cross-border disputes


Helen Swaffield

is a barrister with 20 years' experience in commercial litigation. Within her practice at Contract Law Chambers, London, Helen works with government bodies and leading firms of solicitors on a range of commercial and in-house projects and advice. Helen is the Editor of the Commercial Litigation Journal and the Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, both published by Legalease, and a regular legal commentator and broadcaster.

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