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Drafting Effective Commercial Contracts Post Covid-19

with Heather Devine

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Learning Options:

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee:

Save $25
Register on or before May 07, 2021
$140.00 + HST

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$165.00 + HST

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CPD Credit Hours:

CPID Credit Hours

ON: This program contains 1.5 Substantive hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

SK: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

NB: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

Lawyers in other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their attendance towards their CPD requirement/plan.

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Who Should Attend

If you draft commercial contracts or advise clients on contractual rights and obligations, then this program is for you.

About the Program

The coronavirus pandemic has brought commercial agreements into sharp focus. While force majeure clauses were the first flashpoint, it has become increasingly clear that additional contract terms, including those relating to termination and breach, require new consideration. In an environment where pandemics and other global crises are now foreseeable, anticipation and clarity in drafting is more important than ever. Drafters need to take a realistic look at current precedents and practices and earnestly tackle important changes going forward. This highly practical program with experienced commercial litigator Heather Devine will identify key clauses every lawyer should consider including in their commercial contract review checklist and propose simple drafting strategies to help reduce uncertainty and create sensible and effective mechanisms for dealing with major disruptions in the future. Among the topics Heather will address are:

  • Defining Act of God and force majeure
  • The effect of force majeure on performance
  • Economic hardship clauses
  • Deferral of performance and time for performance
  • Triggering events for termination clauses
  • Due diligence on the resilience of parties
  • Specifying obligations to work around obstacles
  • Effective alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that are available remotely

Post Covid-19 commercial contracts will require greater emphasis on catastrophic scenarios. Attend this webinar and find out how to update your commercial contract provisions to reflect this new reality!

Meet Your Presenter

Heather Devine Heather Devine is a Partner in the Toronto office of Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, and one of Canada’s leading Defence lawyers and Advocates. A ‘fixer’ in the field of commercial litigation for businesses and insurers, she develops and implements the strategy, budgeting and case management of complex litigation for private and public, national and international clients. As a commercial litigator, Heather has defended product liability claims regarding pipes, medical devices, lighting fixtures, and transformers and aerospace materials. She has also litigated claims involving property management issues, condominium law and commercial tenancy. Heather has appeared in all levels of Provincial and Federal Courts, in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta. In 2009, Heather learned to fly engine planes. Her love and admiration of aviation led her to an interest in Transportation law. Since 2013, Heather has been included in the peer reviewed publication Best Lawyers® in Canada for Transportation Law. She advises brokers, freight forwarders, carriers, 3PLs and 4PLs on all aspects of supply chain logistics and the movement of goods locally and internationally. Most recently, Heather expanded her focus to assist clients with contracts and agreements to minimize their risk. She ‘Canadianized’ the TIA shipper-broker, broker-carrier agreements as part of her work on the Transportation Intermediaries Association Contract Committee. Heather is a frequent writer and presenter on transportation and other legal topics and is a past President of the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association.

Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Anticipating Risk in Commercial Contracts

  • Clear, Precise Language
  • Termination Clauses
  • Force Majeure
  • Entire Agreement Clauses
  • Tailoring the Contract to Your Client’s Business Operations
  • Damages

Program Wrap-up & Evaluation

Returning Registrant

Registration Fees

All costs are in Canadian dollars before taxes.

HST/GST: 848208492

Until May 07, 2021

Drafting Effective Commercial Contracts Post Covid-19 with Heather Devine, Thursday, May 27, 2021

After May 07, 2021

Drafting Effective Commercial Contracts Post Covid-19 with Heather Devine, Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Register 3+ attendees and save up to 25%. See our group discounts here. Contact

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