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Common Pitfalls in Contracts and How to Avoid Them

October 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Liam Tolen of Ashfords to consider the legal issues around contracts – from whether an agreement is in place to rights enforcement

About this event

Liam will take you through many of the legal issues arising from contractual relationships from whether or not there is even a legally binding agreement in place through to enforcement of contractual rights. Topics covered will include:

  • Is there a legally binding agreement?
  • Whose terms are in force?
  • Standard Terms and Conditions – Things to Look Out For
  • Varying agreements
  • Penalty Clauses
  • Post Termination Restrictions
  • Contractual Disputes

About Liam

Liam is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team at Ashfords LLP having trained at the firm. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2013. Liam advises on business disputes with a focus on contractual disputes including in relation to franchising and restrictive covenants in commercial contracts. Liam also has significant experience in resolving shareholder disputes. Liam advises a range of businesses and individuals from sole traders to government departments, local authorities and limited companies. He has dealt with a broad range of contractual disputes from the terms of sale of a dog through to multi-million pound disputes arising out of business sales. Liam also has experience in a wide variety of procedural applications often leading to the conclusion of legal proceedings, including, applications for the striking out of a claim and seeking summary judgment.

Liam’s aim is to always focus his advice on a pragmatic resolution. Sometimes that may mean seeking a decision from a Court but more often than not, a resolution can be found, often without the need to issue legal proceedings.

Booking/Joining information

This is a Zoom webinar – details will be sent to you 24 hours before the session via email.

The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon’s archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions during the session, which you can do via video/audio or by using the Zoom chat function.

If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at

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October 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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