Course Description

Certificate in Commercial Contracts

Certificate in Commercial Contracts is course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course with a duration of Blended learning: onsite Saturday lecture and workshop sessions and online release of lectures.. Certificate in Commercial Contracts gives a Course Qualification of Level 1 Certificate, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Certificate in Commercial Contracts at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this Certificate in Commercial Contracts training programme, participants will have attained:

  • A comprehensive understanding of specific areas of commercial contracts, so as to build a complete understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer;
  • Knowledge of the necessary skillset required of the commercial practitioner, including drafting, structuring and advising on a wide array of business arrangements across numerous industry sectors;
  • An insight into recent judicial decisions and legislative and procedural developments;
  • An ability to recognise when data protection issues arise in a commercial context; and
  • A greater understanding of the role of the commercial practitioner.


Programme structure and approach to learning

This course provides an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial agreements. It includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements. Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations on how best to ensure that your commercial contracts provide legal and commercial certainty. The course begins with generic drafting advice, examining standard boilerplate provisions, before considering issues pertinent to specific practice areas in more depth.

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Drafting commercial agreements

  • Standard contract structures, rules of interpretation, implied and express terms,
  • Proficient drafting, terminology, business acumen, expectation management,
  • Negotiating contracts and risk management, due diligence,
  • Dispute resolution options, remedies and enforcement.

Module 2: Commercial agreements

  • Supply agreements, key terms and legislative provisions,
  • Agency and distribution agreements, role of the commercial agent, termination clauses,
  • Outsourcing, service description, performance indicators.

Module 3: Technology and e-commerce

  • E-commerce regulations,
  • Website terms and conditions, website privacy statements,
  • Software licencing, concept of licensing, limitation of liability,
  • Intellectual property, copyright, patentability.

Module 4: Consumer law

  • Core legislative provisions,
  • Unfair practices,
  • Core/non-core unfair terms.

Module 5: Data protection

  • Data protection concepts, role of the Data Protection Commissioner,
  • Legitimate processing and retention of data, Safe Harbour principles,
  • Data transfers, data subjects rights and notification requirements.

Module 6: Public procurement and tendering

  • Works, services or supply contracts,
  • Procurement rules and procedures,
  • Tender evaluation, selection criteria,
  • Procurement strategy checklist.



  • Workshop 1: – practical application through case studies and drafting exercises of issues encountered in lectures relating to share purchase agreements, supply agreements, agency and distribution agreements.
  • Workshop 2: – practical application through case studies and drafting exercises of issues encountered in lectures relating to technology and e-commerce contracts, website terms and conditions, and data protection provisions.


Who should attend?

This course is suitable for:

  • Public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis,
  • Trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of the commercial industry,
  • Barristers who practice in the areas of commercial litigation, chancery and contract law, and
  • Other suitably qualified professionals who are involved in negotiation and drafting commercial agreements.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members.  Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, and others with expertise in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. Previous lecturers have included the following:

  • Leonora B. Doyle, Senior Consultant Solicitor,
  • John O’Keeffe, John O’Keeffe & Co, Solicitors,
  • John Darby, Flynn O’Driscoll,
  • Eimear Lyons, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Leo Moore, William Fry,
  • Andrea Lawler, A&L Goodbody,
  • James Kinch, Chief State Solicitor’s Office,
  • Shane King, CIE,
  • James O’Rourke, Perrigo,
  • John Whelan, A&L Goodbody,
  • Anne Bateman, Philip Lee Solicitors.
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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationLevel 1 Certificate
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate in Commercial Contracts
Course Start Date7th March 2020
Course End Date10th June 2020
Course DurationBlended learning: onsite Saturday lecture and workshop sessions and online release of lectures.
Course Fee1550
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