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Legal aspects of procurement


Legal aspects of procurement 

7 CPD HoursUnderstand the legal framework can impact on day-to-day procurement

By the end of this course you will be able to:
Demonstrate your increased knowledge of the legal aspects of procurement
Minimise potential pitfalls in contractual relationships
Reduce your organisation's exposure to risk.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a better understanding of standard contracts operating in your own organisation
  • Identify the various risks that exist at the formation stage of contracting and how to address these
  • Demonstrate a clearer understanding of the potential liabilities and claims that can arise between buyers and suppliers when concluding contracts
  • Operate with a clearer awareness of the purpose behind a range of widely used contractual terms and conditions
  • Show a sound understanding of how suppliers' terms differ from buyers' terms and the reasons for these differences
  • Operate with enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the field of procurement law.


Please note: this is a two-day training course.

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Venue: De Vere Colmore Gate
Fee: Members - £720.00 per person
  Non-members - £800.00 per person


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Is it right for me?


This two-day course is aimed at procurement professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of contract law provisions, principles and processes.  The course also includes some treatment of non-contractual issues, including negligence liability and regulation of bribery and corruption.

It will explore relevant legal principles and recent court rulings and show how to apply this knowledge to general procurement practice.  Previous experience of legal issues is not essential, although this course does build on the learning in Introduction to contracts.


The impact of law on procurement
Sources of law
The law of contract
o Essentials of a contract
o Tenders and letters of intent
o "The Battle of the Forms"
o Void and voidable contracts
o Mistake, misrepresentation, consideration and duress
o Implied terms - Sales of Goods, Supply of Services
o Conditions and warranties - remedies for breach
o Liquidated and Unliquidated Damaged
o Exclusion and limitation of liability
o Transfer of Ownership and Risk
o Transfer of Title (nemo dat doctrine)
o The rules on delivery in purchase of goods
o Workshop on terms and conditions of contract
o Jurisdiction - law governing the contract
o Dispute Resolution Procedures
Non-Contractual Liability
o Privity of contract
o Negligence liability
o Consumer Protection Act 1987
o Ethics and Purchasing

What key points will the training cover?


  • Sources of English and international law
  • Contract formation, including:
    - Essentials for valid contracts
    - Electronic contracting
    - Battle of the forms
  • Contents of a contract
    - Relationship between express and implied terms
    - Impact of legislation on contract terms (including Sales of Goods Act 1979, Supply of Goods and Service Act 1982, Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, Consumer Rights Act 2015)
  • Key contract clauses
    - Meaning and significance, including delivery, payment, ownership and risk
    - Exclusion/limitation of liability
    - Force majeure
    - Liquidated damages
    - Contract variations
    - Indemnities
    - Assignment
    - Intellectual Property Rights
    - Dispute resolution
  • Non-contractual liability
  • Recent case law and other developments


CIPS Direct Associates are appointed for their extensive knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply sector.  The tutor for this course has been specially selected for their particular skills and expertise in the subject area.  This is a crucial part of CIPS' ongoing commitment to ensure all of our delegates have a high-quality, informative and enjoyable learning experience.


Members: £720 (excl. VAT)

Non-members: £800 (excl.VAT)


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Legal aspects in the performance of contracts


17 and 18 October 2017
De Vere Colmore Gate, Birmingham


If you require accommodation for the night before this event or for the intervening night, please use the form below. All accounts must be settled in full on departure.  Please indicate the course title in the 'Additional Information' box.  Alternatively, you can contact the CIPS Accommodation Line on +44 (0)2476 369585.

If your query is regarding course details (content, timings, costs, etc.), please contact events@cips.org or call +44 (0)1780 756777.



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