Basic contract law for project managers webinar series
Part 1: Contracts - what are they all about
Most projects involve contracts with external providers or suppliers of good and services. Those taking on the role of project managers therefore need to know and understand the basics of contract law in order to be effective and avoid risks being ‘gotchas’!
Regardless, if you don’t know the basics of contract law, both in the procurement and ‘in-contract’ management phase, you can inadvertently put your organisation at significant commercial risk. On the other hand, if both parties clearly articulate and understand their legal and contractual obligations, then the project is far more likely to be a success.
What does this mean? Having a basic knowledge of contract law is an essential pre-requisite for an effective project manager!
This first webinar on Thursday 20 May, tackled the issue of contracts – what are they all about?
It covered contract formation and the five foundations for a contract; letters of intent; express versus implied terms; freedom of contract and boundaries; special contracts.
Sarah has very kindly allowed her presented material to be made available for viewing. The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube are now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.
HGCRA = Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act.
This webinar content is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.
Basic Contract Law webinar series:
Sarah Schütte is an independent UK-qualified solicitor-advocate and runs her own legal and training consultancy, Schutte Consulting Limited, based in London, UK. SCL’s motto is "Making law work for the construction and engineering industry". Sarah has 20 years’ experience as a specialist infrastructure lawyer, and since 2006 has worked directly for industry, initially as senior in-house counsel and since 2014 as an independent consultant. She has developed a niche practice in project management, project controls and law (PPM, P3M and PMO). SCL offers whole-life project support, working with clients, contractors, professionals and supply chain delivery partners on project vision, procurement, contract structures, team facilitation and training workshops. Sarah has advised on several international projects and speaks French, German and Spanish as well as English.
Sarah’s focus on translating law into its practical context ensures clients have accurate knowledge and essential skills to procure confidently and competently, and then to deliver. Sarah is a regular conference speaker and media commentator. She writes the “Industry Insight” column for LexisPSL UK, is accredited by several industry and ADR associations, and contributes probono to industry initiatives promoting delivery excellence and technology to control risk and facilitate governance. She works closely with several global Chapters of PMI and the UK’s APM and chairs the UK User Group for an international project controls software company.
Sarah’s professional interests include ethics, behavioural science and collaboration, and their impact on project outcomes. Her site boots and hard hat are always to hand.
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This webinar series is a repeat, Sarah first presented the topic in 2018.
APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference
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