What Is Contract Management?
Do you feel that anyone without training can negotiate a contract well?
You would be losing a lot of money and energy if so.
Contracts govern your organization’s relationships with vendors, customers, partners, and employees. Effective contract management ensures these relationships are efficient and profitable so that your business benefits from every agreement and you get optimal financial returns.
To ensure your projects’ contracts are properly lay out and negotiated on a win-win basis, you want to learn how to strategically Negotiate All your Contracts!
It also ensures that the implementation or delivery of every contract, whether a legally binding written or oral agreement, is satisfactory to all parties. Efficient contract management includes agreeing to, documenting, and reporting on any changes from both buyers and sellers, so you face no disputes or surprises.
Besides, not only you negotiate with the marketplace but with internal departments e.g., Engineering, Production, Finance, and Safety functions. Unfortunately, such negotiation is often delegated to those least able to deliver an effective outcome. This failure impacts upon the whole organisation suffering in the profitability, increased business risk, personal stress and operational costs.
The participants are expected to compare their understanding of their capabilities against the key principles that support effective contract negotiations and to take away concepts and ideas that will benefit both their business and them personally.
This training seminar will highlight:
- All contract parts discussed and how to negotiate those terms.
- Importance of getting the right specification to reduce both cost and risk.
- Evaluating potential contracting parties
- The purpose of a contract / Legal needs / Terms and Conditions. Preventing contract failure. Discovering your personal negotiation capability
- Obstacles to good negotiation. Tools of the successful negotiator. Essential elements of negotiation and developing a personal action plan for improvement
At the end of this training seminar, you will learn to:
- Build an efficient and effective contract negotiating skill
- Communicate more effectively inside and outside of the organisation
- Understand your personal strengths and weaknesses
- Understand contract needs and eliminate contractual risks
- Plan and deliver a successful negotiation and negotiate with different cultures
- Have confidence in your ability to negotiate at all levels with all organisations
Who Must Attend
This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:
- Those who are new to contract negotiation
- Those with some years’ experience in contract negotiations but who wish to regenerate their thinking
- Those at all levels in projects / site contract management / engineering with supply chain involvement
- Those in a Company who influence the selection of materials/ services / source of supply
- Any person regardless of background or present role / position who wishes to understand the contract negotiation process
Module 1:The Unforgiving Law of Contracts
- Hidden Hazards
- Leveraging the Business Mind-set
- Perspectives and Caveats
- Contract elements for negotiations
- Authority to negotiate
- Defenses to Contract formation
Module 2 Guidelines for Negotiations and relevant documentation
- Promises versus Condition
- Rules of Interpretation -Vital in Negotiations
- The Battle of Forms – Which party’s terms will prevail?
- Implied Covenant of Good faith and Fair Dealing
- Letters of Intent and Oral Contracts – Terms to consider during Negotiations
- Contract Negotiations – Closing the deal Strategies
- Breach, Damages and Remedies – Benefits of Strong Remedies Language
Module 3:Common Mistakes In Contract Negotiations
- Performance before Agreement
- Negotiating RFPs
- Inadequate description of Performance Obligations
- Negotiation on Anticipated Performance Concerns
- Negotiating the problems on Critical Performance Concerns/Technical Specifications/Service Level agreements
- Negotiating guidelines for Term and Termination
- Poor Vetting of Vendors and Suppliers contracts during negotiations
- Accepting standard form contracts
- Poor document change Tracking and Proofing
Module 4 : The Art of Negotiation
- Negotiation Training
- Demeanour and Attitude
- Body Language
- Negotiation Chips
- Do not Negotiate against yourself
- Conflicts of Interest
- Protection of Confidential Information
Module 5: Getting it clear in Negotiations
- Drafting Red Flags
- Technical Details
- Active Analysis
- Draft Marking
Module 6: Common Contract Terms for Negotiation
- Opening paragraphs/Recitals
- Definition Sections -to be from day 1 of Negotiations
- Obligations of Parties/Services
- Understanding Intellectual Property/Proprietary Rights clauses
- Remedies and Exclusion of Liability
- Representations and Warranties
Module 7: Negotiating Risk and Liability clauses
- Disclaimers/Warranty – Negotiate as cap to liability
- Limitations/Limitation of Liability – Negotiate degrees of Negligence
- Guidelines on how to negotiate liability Caps
- Modification and Waiver
- Inappropriate Force Majeure Triggers
- Assignment and Novation
- Entire Agreement/Integration/Merger – Has all issues negotiated included?
- Managing Performance Problems in Negotiation
- Governing Law/Jurisdiction
Module 8: Amendments and Addendums
- Changing Circumstances
- How to draft negotiated Terms -Clarity /Completeness
- Amendments -Contract Surgery
- Tactical considerations
- Too many amendments
- Cats in Trees
- Sand Traps
- Code Red -Zero Sum Disputes
There will be a workshop on the negotiation of clauses. The seminar will involve discussions, presentations and individual question and answer sessions.
LL.B (Hons) London, CLP (Malaysia), TESOL (Canada)
- Legal Experience includes civil litigation like employment matters , company ,corporate and banking issues.
- Conducted seminars for Employment law including on mock Industrial hearings of Domestic Inquiries and the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 which includes follow up legal advice for Pro-tem comittees on PDP implementation and drafting of Consent letters as required under the Act.
- Trained for the Federation of Manufacturers of Malaysia (FMM).
- Involved in advise and drafting of Human Resource policy and procedures. Also in the drafting of legal letters and advice of legislation pertaining to proper administration of Human Resource issues.
- Some of the in-house and public programs include those from, NIAM (Persatuan Insuran Kebangsaan Malaysia), Honda, Petronas Fertilizer (Kedah), Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia, Sime Darby, Malaysia Multimedia Commission, Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd., Solectron, Bax Global, TM, Yan Jin (M), Cititel Penang, Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Government Teachers in various schools, Smart Modular, Kwong Wah Yit Poh Press Berhad, Vitrox Technologies, Staff of UITM, Bank Negara, Dimerco Sdn.Bhd, G-Pile Sistem Sdn.Bhd., Masterskill (M) Sdn.Bhd, Subalipack (M) Sdn.Bhd, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Sdn.Bhd, Sumitomo Metals Sdn Bhd, Lembaga Koko, MARA and other government agencies and many more.
In summary, Ambigah
- When not conducting training programs, Ambigah Krishnan tends to her legal consultation especially in the corporate field.
- Legal programs enhanced with Legal Practitioner’s advice and opinions. Imparting experience as Legal advisor and Litigation lawyer to be part of teaching of legal programs.
- Able to combine the elements taught in a specific program both soft skills and Legal with real life requirements for those on the job.
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