The CLD uses custom-designed written materials and workshops to expand knowledge on a range of commercial law issues and develop related practical skills, such as searching commercial registers, drafting or amending corporate documentation, reviewing contracts etc.
CLD participants experience a practical, problem-solving methodology. They learn commercial law by advising a group of fictional clients whose business activities develop (e.g. from sole traders into partnerships and then limited liability companies) and broaden to include new commercial problems and opportunities.
CLD workshops discuss commercial law issues which match the clients’ ongoing activities and needs. This not only makes workshops more interesting but also better reflects the realities of life in a law office or as an in-house lawyer, where different legal problems can arise simultaneously.
Workshops may focus on some or all of the legal areas and issues listed below:
Conducting business as:
• Sole trader
• Partnerships (different types)
• Company (different types)
Incorporating a company (and pre-incorporation liability)
Drafting/amending a company’s
Internal corporate regulations and
Rules on representing companies
Company finance (inc. secured and
Third Party Rights
Sale of goods law
Variations and novations
Waiver and estoppel
Agency and authority to represent
another in contractual relations
Intellectual Property Law
Breach of confidence
GDPR and privacy law
Vicarious corporate liability for the actions/omissions of employees, sub-contractors etc.
Equitable remedies (constructive trusts, tracing etc.)
Corporate litigation and issue of law/jurisdiction (Brussels & Rome Regulations within EU law and UK equivalent rules )
EU free movement of goods/people
Outcomes and assessment