Webinar: Interpretation and construction of contracts


The webinar will outline some of the more difficult issues that have been considered by our courts in this area and provide some practical tips on how they might be avoided at the drafting stage.  Although the focus will be on commercial agreements, many of the topics covered will be relevant to all kinds of deeds and agreements.

This webinar complies with the mandatory area of Substantive Law.



Course ID CN170345_MAN1
Type Webinar
Duration 1 hour
  • NSW
Start Dates 31 March 2017
$108.00 (Member Price)

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Code CN170345_MAN1

Friday 31 March 2017
1.30pm to 2.30pm (AEDST) 

Where By Webinar
Level Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced
CPD 1 CPD unit

The topics to be covered include:

  • ‘Interpretation’ or ‘construction’?
  • Canons of interpretation
  • When will terms be implied?
  • ‘Ambiguity’, ongoing debate and the latest High Court authority
  • Written contracts compared to contracts not in writing
  •  What evidence is admissible when construing a contract?

Associate, Whittens & McKeough Lawyers and Consultants

Jonathan is a litigation and commercial lawyer with experience litigating in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia, District Court and Local Court, Royal Commission and matters before the Takeovers Panel, as well as a number of commercial mediations.  As a commercial lawyer, Jonathan has drafted a wide range of contracts in a variety of contexts including M&A, contracts with government agencies and not-for-profit organisations and complex commercial transaction agreements.  As a litigation practitioner, Jonathan has been involved in the resolution of numerous commercial disputes, in which the construction of a contract is frequently a central issue.

Jonathan graduated with a Juris Doctor (Honours) from the University of New South Wales in 2012, receiving Dean’s list awards in Legal History and Statutory Interpretation.

In 2014, Jonathan served as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot of the Federal Court of Australia.

About College of Law webinars

Attending a College webinar is an easy and convenient way for you to increase your knowledge, learn from experts and gain CPD units. It is just like attending a seminar except you don’t leave your office or home.

Once you have registered, we will send you all the information you need to join the webinar. All you need is a computer and telephone. Just follow the link and instructions to join the webinar and dial into the teleconference.

During the webinar, the presenter will present on the topic, similar to in a seminar. You can ask questions by typing in the box provided. Each webinar has lots of time allocated to answering questions so there is plenty of opportunity to interact and engage.

What you need (the technical stuff): all you need for a webinar is a computer/device and telephone. You logon to the webinar and listen through a teleconference. If you are in an open plan office, you may like to listen through earphones. There is no need to download any fancy software. It is really as simply as following a link to join.

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