Conference on The Contents of Commercial Contracts @ UCL Faculty of Laws, London [May 9-10]: Registrations Open

About the organisation

The UCL Faculty of Laws is the law school of University College London. It is one of UCL’s 11 constituent faculties and is based in London, United Kingdom.

About the conference

A two-day conference organised by Professor Paul Davies and Dr Magda Raczynska on behalf of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law on 9th and  10th May.

The contents of commercial contracts continue to attract much attention from all angles: from drafters keen to ensure that contracts are clear and enforceable; from litigators disputing the meaning, scope and validity of terms; and from academics interested in the purpose and nature of the exercises involved.

The focus of this conference will be upon terms affecting parties’ freedom of action, which have proved problematic recently.

Freedom of contract is often seen as a great strength of English commercial law. But it is useful to take stock of recent developments and to consider the limits to parties’ freedom of contract.

The uncertainties surrounding Brexit, and potential impact upon English law as the applicable law of choice, highlights the importance of this exercise.

Recent decisions to be discussed include

  • Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24,
  • Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd [2015] UKSC 17,
  • Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi [2015] UKSC 67,
  • Wood v Capita Insurance Services [2017] UKSC 24
  • Wells v Devani [2019] UKSC 4and
  • First Tower Trustees Ltd v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1396.

Other topical developments include The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018.

A major objective of the conference is to bring together academics and legal practitioners (solicitors, barristers and judges) to discuss the extent to which the contents of commercial contracts limit or affect parties’ freedom to shape their legal relations.

Academic papers will be distributed before the conference, and each paper will be commented upon by a practitioner.

The conference is organised by Professor Paul Davies and Dr Magda Raczynska on behalf of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law.

It has received financial support from the UCL Faculty of Laws as part of the “Back to Bentham” project, celebrating the Law Faculty’s recent return to Bentham House, and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.


Open to all

UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG.
Date and Venue

9:00 am, 09 May 2019 to 6:00 pm, 10 May 2019



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