Contract Law Fundamentals



This one-day intensive course provides essential, expert training for you or your whole team. It will put you and your team in control of your transactions, positioning you to avoid delays, disputes and disasters.


This course informs business and government about contracts, delivering critical legal knowledge for anyone who has any exposure to contracts of whatever size, value and type.

During the one day intensive program you will examine the law and commercial factors affecting the contract lifecycle, from formation, through performance to completion, you will be provided with essential guidance on:

  • understanding clauses and terminology
  • risk identification; allocation and management
  • standard form contract and general contract termination, and 
  • dispute resolution.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that contracts are prepared properly from the outset, setting a clear path to maximise outcomes. You will be provided with the tools and knowledge to know your rights when you are not getting what you expect out of your contract. 

    You will also learn how to recognise whether the contract is on the right path, and how to end the relationship either amicably or through dispute, when it is not. Incorporating a focus on interactive workshops and real- life case studies, this course covers all the need-to-know essentials.

    • Contract Formation Essentials
    • Heads of agreement explained and explored
    • Engaging the market - contractual issues in the tender process
    • Understanding and dealing with intellectual property
    • Liability, indemnity, warranties and insurance
    • Risk allocation
    • Managing contracts through boom and bust
    • Breach of contract 

    Read the detailed program here



    • SYDNEY, May 25
    • SYDNEY, October 26

      This program is available for in-house delivery, and group booking discounts. Click on the links below to enquire.


      Practising for in both the private and public sector, Scott Alden works on large strategic projects and infrastructure projects, and advises clients in relation to commercial contracts, procurement and probity.

      Scott has specific expertise in government and commercial law, infrastructure projects, general contractual and legislative advice and the tendering process and commercial contracts of all kinds and sizes and for all industries.

      Scott is a Partner at Holding Redlich. He has experience in major developments such as government capital and services procurement and infrastructure contracts and performance.

      Scott is also highly regarded in the areas of government, water, defence, public transport infrastructure (buses, trains and ferries), IT requirements, tertiary institutions (universities) and ports.

      Scott is a member of the Law Council Building and Construction (Infrastructure) Committee, a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne (Masters of Construction Law Program), past chair of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society of NSW, as well as a past Councillor of the NSW Law Society and current executive member of the Commonwealth Law Association. 


      "Metis Contract Law Fundamentals course was very well run and provided a wealth of information regarding the use and implementation of contracts. The course director was well spoken, has a wealth of experience that he was more than happy to share. The course materials are very detailed and will definitely be used as a reference in my future work."

      Project Manager, Aver - Kieron McIlvin


         "I found the course very informative. It opened our eyes to the specific clauses, issues, and cases that have an impact on our business. Scott delivered the course very professionally, and I would recommend this course to anyone."


      Attallah Awad -Draycon Building



      "I, Jane Alatli of Federation Lawyers attended an extremely informative seminar on Contract Law. Scott provided me with thorough explanations of the most updated law and provided practical experience to demonstrate this."

      Jane Alatli, Principal -Federation Lawyers


      "Exceptional programme with very relevant anecdotal information. Very good material."


      Adrian Timmins, Associate - Grimshaw Architects


      "I would recommend the course to other commercial people."


      Nathan Kemp 
      Laing O Rourke


      "I as a part of Draycon building, was able to understand the fundamentals of contract law. Scott and Alexia did a great job in keeping everyone engaged. We found the course to be informative and we would definitely recommend. Thank you!"

      James Salloum, Project Coordinator 
      Draycon Building


      "Today enabled me to feel confident negotiating contract terms- I was previously not. The content was delivered in a way which was excellent and engaging."

      Kate Snell, Assistant QS 
      Laing ORourke


      "As a lawyer working with contracts and in a variety of industries including technology, construction and media, even with the legal background, I found the Contract Law Fundamentals seminar refreshingly insightful and continue to utilise many of the skills I learnt in my everyday practise. A must for anybody working with contracts in any industry!"

      Lawyer, Elliot Ford