Interpretation and construction of contracts

Course ID CN170345_MAN1

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This seminar is a refresher on some of the fundamentals of contract interpretation and construction. It will also 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.

Prior to purchase please see the information below for system requirements.

College of Law Alumni and Law Society Members receive a 10% discount on the price.


Full Price $120.00

Alumni/Member Price $108.00



1.30pm - 2.30pm AEDST

About This Course


The topics to be covered:

  • ‘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?

Designed for

All practitioners wanting a refresher on the fundamentals of contracts




Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan Stephens
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.



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