Drafting and Negotiating Damages and Indemnity Clauses

Course ID CN190213_BUS1

  • Face to Face
  • 3.75
  • Foundation

It is very common for the negotiation of indemnity clauses to be the final outstanding item in a contractual negotiation. In this workshop, experienced commercial lawyer, Chris Bland and Barrister Nicholas Simpson, 13th Floor St James Hall, will explain why this is the case, as they demystify this complicated area of law. 

At the end of this workshop you will:

  • Identify and explain the current common law position on damages, liquidated damages, penalties and indemnities
  • Be equipped with advanced and integrated analytical and problem-solving skills to draft effective indemnity clauses
  • Gain analytical, problem-solving and negotiation skills to negotiate indemnity clauses to ensure clients’ interests are adequately protected. 


50% discount for New Lawyers

New Lawyers in their first three years of practice are eligible for a 50% discount off the full price of this program. This discount cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other discounts, including the alumni/Law Society member discount. Please quote NEWLAWYER at the checkout.

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Full Price $360.00

Alumni/Member Price $324.00


Start date:

20 February 2019

End date:

20 February 2019


1.45pm - 5.30pm


The College of Law
Level 16, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

About This Course


1.45pm: Introduction and Overview

Speaker: Chris Bland, Principal, Legal Tradecraft Consulting


2.00pm: Overview of Indemnities, Guarantees and Warranties

Speaker: Nicholas Simpson, Barrister 14th Floor St James Hall


3.00pm: Contractual Risk Allocation: The Business Context

Speaker: Chris Bland, Legal Tradecraft Consulting


4.00pm: Morning Tea and Networking Opportunity


4.20pm: Drafting Indemnity Clauses

Speaker: Chris Bland, Legal Tradecraft Consulting


5.30pm: Q&A and Close


Designed for

This seminar is ideal for solicitors in general practice, commercial lawyers and transactional lawyers. The course complies with the mandatory requirements of Substantive Law and Professional Skills.


Presenter biography


Chris Bland

Principal, Legal Tradecraft Consulting

Chris is an experienced in-house lawyer and management executive with over 28 years of legal and business experience as a property, projects and commercial transactions lawyer in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. He was at Transfield Holdings for 21 years, where he led Transfield’s in-house legal team as General Counsel between 2003 and 2013. During that time, he negotiated and implemented commercial, investment and development deals, projects and transactions involving Transfield Services Limited, Charter Hall Limited, ADI Limited, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Perisher Blue Ski Fields, and Novatec Solar. Chris also led infrastructure project development transactions including the $650m Walsh Bay re-development project. He continues to undertake in-house legal project development work as a legal consultant for the student accommodation business Campus Living Villages.


Nicholas Simpson

Barrister, 13th Floor St James Hall Chambers

Nicholas Simpson was called to the Bar in 2015 after practicing as a commercial litigation solicitor for over three years in corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, real property, technology and construction and liquor licensing disputes. Before commencing practice as a solicitor, Nicholas worked as the Common Law Researcher to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, where he assisted many of the Justices of the Court. In addition to his practice, Nicholas tutors in Civil and Criminal Procedure at the University of Sydney and is a member of the New South Wales Bar Choir.

Nicholas graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (HRM) and is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.


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