Drafting Commercial Agreements

Explore key clauses and critical agreements in this dynamic half-day program that will lead you through the essential commercial agreements. Learn about purchase and supply agreement, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, and lease agreements. Understand the impact of GST when making business and discover strategies to prevent litigation. Master principles to safeguard your clients' interests, minimise commercial risks and gain insights from expert commercial contract professionals. 243W18

Friday, 22 March 2024
Professional Skills
9.50am to 10.35am Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses in Joint Venture Agreements

Presented by Pat Saraceni, Director, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Clifford Chance

10.35am to 10.50am Morning Tea
Professional Skills
11.35am to 12.20pm Drafting Lease Agreements
  • Importance of condition reports in commercial lease agreements
  • How technology is being used to provide better evidence to support make-good clauses
  • How to split depreciation when an owner makes a fit-out contribution
  • Hidden tax benefits of abandoned fit outs
  • High risk of underinsurance in the commercial property sector

Presented by John Williams, Director, Asset Reports

12.20pm to 1.15pm Hiding in Plain Sight: Considering GST Issues When Drafting Agreements

Address the practical knowledge needed to identify and mitigate potential GST-related risks in your agreements, thereby safeguarding your clients' interests and minimizing the likelihood of costly litigation. With expert insights from Shagun Thakur, this presentation promises to equip you with the skills and expertise necessary to navigate the complexities of GST in your contract drafting process effectively.
Presented by Shagun Thakur, Partner, PwC


Attend and earn 4 CPD units including:
3 units in Professional Skills
1 unit in Substantive Law

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

9.00am to 9.50am Unlocking Success in Supply Agreements

An effective supply agreement can be the secret to successful project delivery and strong commercial relationships, by capturing workable processes to manage delivery and disruption. Cover the essential components of supply agreements including:

  • Scope and performance: defining clear roles and responsibilities for manufacturing, delivery and installation
  • Essential provisions: pricing and payment terms, programming and coordination mechanisms. delivery schedules, volume and forecasting and quality control
  • Risk allocation: Robust warranty and liability clauses
  • Relationship management: exclusivity, suspension and termination provisions and dispute resolution processes

Presented by Gemma Nugent, Director, SoundLegal

Professional Skills
10.50am to 11.35am An Exercise in Managing the Commercial Relationship And Expectations of Shareholders
  • Practical tips
  • Governance issues arising in shareholder agreements
  • Dispute resolution techniques
  • Drafting clauses in shareholder agreements
  • Obtaining a commercial outcome for shareholder entry or exit
  • Minimising valuation disputes via shareholder's agreements

Presented by Simon Owen, Principal, Grantleigh House


Emma Luck, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers


Ms Emma Luck, Barrister, Francis Burt Chambers
Emma has a commercial and public law practice. With over 20 years’ experience representing a wide range of commercial clients, government departments and regulatory agencies, Emma is known for her strong commercial acumen, skilled advocacy and excellent technical legal skills. She regularly appears with or without a leader in state and federal courts and tribunals, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. Prior to joining Francis Burt Chambers in early 2015, Emma worked in Perth as a Senior Associate at DLA Piper and Clayton Utz. Between 1999 and 2004 Emma worked in London, both in public and private practice. Emma is an accredited mediator.

Shagun Thakur, Partner, PwC
Shagun is a Partner based in Perth with over 15 years of experience in providing GST advice in the areas of property, financial supplies and oil & gas. Shagun's specialty lies in the property and Government sectors having spent the bulk of his career advising the firm's large and diverse group of property clients. More specifically, Shagun has been involved in large scale reviews and consulting projects for a number of local and state government entities. Having assisted in numerous large audits, Shagun has also developed a good relationship with a number of senior ATO auditors and directors.

Simon Owen, Principal, Grantleigh House
Simon Owen has almost 30 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and corporate advisor with particular focus upon developing businesses and capital markets. He has acted as a Chairman and Director, both executive and non-executive, for a number of listed and unlisted public companies. He also has considerable executive experience in the establishment and development of businesses in industries including technology and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, resources, oil & gas and finance. His various roles (both as an advisor and a Chairman/Director) have provided extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, negotiating and structuring acquisitions, establishing and managing joint ventures and regulatory compliance in various jurisdictions.

Mr. John Williams, Director, Asset Reports
John is a Director of the Asset Reports group, he oversees all departments across Western Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria. John joined Asset Reports in 2015. Before this, he worked for global companies such as Glencore, BHP, and IBM. John holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in accounting. His knowledge and experience in both areas help Asset Reports identify clients’ needs and provide them with the best products and service possible.

Gemma Nugent, Director, SoundLegal
Gemma Nugent, SoundLegal’s Principal Lawyer, is a construction, engineering and consulting contract specialist with 14 years’ experience in the construction and engineering industry. She launched SoundLegal in 2019 after more than 8 years as Corporate Counsel to a global engineering and design consultant. Gemma has worked extensively with subcontractors, contractors, principals and consultants on major infrastructure, construction, mining, oil and gas and consulting projects in both the private and public sector. She has drafted, reviewed, negotiated and delivered training on a wide variety of project and commercial agreements and has experience with all of the Australian Standard contracts. Gemma is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA, where she facilitates workshops on contract management and risk and commercial relationships. She is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the National Association of Women in Construction (where she sits on the Education Subcommittee), Women Lawyers WA and the Society of Construction Law Australia.

Pat Saraceni, Director, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Clifford Chance
Pat is a member of Clifford Chance's global litigation and dispute resolution team, and heads the Maritime team in Australia. She specialises in complex dispute resolution, acting for multinational and local companies in sectors including energy and resources (oil, gas and power), mining, logistics and shipping. She is a Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and chairs it's Western Australian branch. She has a Doctorate of Juridical Science in Shipping Law from the University of Western Australia. Pat has lectured at the University of Notre Dame including in shipping law and has tutored at the University of Western Australia. She also sits on a number of professional committees.


Drafting Commercial Agreements


Single Session
Friday, 22 March 2024
9.00am to 1.15pm Australia/Perth
CPD Points 3.2
Face to Face 20240418 20240322

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Cliftons Perth

Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Nearby Public Transport:
Train Stations - Elizabeth Quay Train Station
Bus Interchange - St Georges Terrace, after Milligan St (1 min walk)

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