Procurement Contract Management for Non Lawyers Masterclass

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12th Jun 2024



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Learn new skills, expertise, and methods for crafting and enhancing understanding of contracts.  Understand the basics of contract law, including contract formation.  Employ strategies to guarantee the clarity and effective risk management of your contracts and identify and overcome common problematic clauses before entering a contract. Recognise how to discern risky clauses in a contract and how to manage them and safeguard your interests in the event of potential complications.

Further, the course will assist and support you to comprehend the significance of your contractual commitments. Efficiently draft contract terms that reflect your company’s interests and recognise opportunity to leverage the strength of clauses within your contracts. Develop an understanding of the key attributes that define a strong contract and the reasons behind them. Comprehend legal risks when issuing a tender.  Establish a high standard of ‘contractual governance’ within your organization. Gain insight into the ramifications of contractual decisions, and effectively identify and resolve contractual breaches.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to be practical and rational in dealings with contracts in everyday business environments.
  • Review contracts from risk management perspective.
  • Implement strategies to ensure your contracts are understandable and effectively managed.
  • Ensure the contract design accurately reflects what is being procured.
  • Negotiate to effectively navigate conflict of contracts.
  • Understanding of contracts in everyday business environment.
  • It doesn’t matter if you only know some of the basics to contractual law.
  • It suits people who have a strong practical background and wish to explore some topical contract management areas in more detail.
  • Non lawyers benefit because of the strong practical focus and application.

Featuring Our Speakers

Phill Dagnall

Head of Procurement and Sourcing

RSL Queensland

Phill has extensive experience as a category / procurement / vendor management professional in Information and Communication Technology; Retail; Health and Community Services; Urban Precinct; Facilities Management; Operations; Transport; Logistics and Commercial Business environments in government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Phill holds an MBA from the University of Queensland as well as a Graduate Certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management obtained through on the job training whilst living and working in the UK.  He has worked extensively as a senior category and sourcing professional in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Throughout the course of his career he has developed and honed exceptional category management skills, along with stakeholder relationship management skills with extensive experience in successful business negotiations, relevant to organisational procurement functions. Phill has a deep understanding that effective end to end procurement process and strategic procurement lifecycle management, best-in-class procurement performance and capability will “value add” to an organisation.

Phill has a passion for promoting the procurement industry within various environments.  He has been a member of the Australian Supply Chan and Logistics Association for 6 years.  He was highly commended at the National Supply Chain Association Awards for work he undertook whilst employed by UnitingCare Queensland on the St Stephens Private Hospital in Hervey Bay, 2013.  He has held committee responsibility for the Queensland component of the association, coordinated the association National Mentor Program and also been on the association’s National Conference Committee.

Phill has also spoken at a number of industry forums.  He was invited to speak at the National Health Procurement Conference in Melbourne 2013, chaired the National Finance and Procurement Conference in Sydney in 2014, guest speaker at the GovProcure conference in Canberra 2015, and was guest speaker at the National ICT Procurement Conference in 2017.  Phill has also guest lectured at the University of Queensland on a number of occasions.

Phill is a family man, he has 4 children, twins, boy and girl aged 22 and 2 daughters aged 14 and 12.  He also is passionate about Australian Rules Football, having played throughout his teenage years into his early 20’s before injury got the better of him.  He has a love of Cricket which he continues to play and manages a team in a local over 40’s competition.

Who should attend?

  • All those who have dealings with contracts in their everyday commercial business environment
  • Doesn’t matter if you only know some of the basics to contractual law
  • Procurement Professionals who wish to explore some topical contract management areas in more detail
  • Non lawyers benefit because of the strong practical focus and application

Topics Covered

  • Contract Management. . . is it scary?
  • Demystifying Contracts
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law
  • Contract Types
  • Precedents and Precedence
  • Risk, Liability, and Insurance
  • Understanding Negotiations
  • Parties to the Contract
  • Performance Management
  • Terminations
  • Proceeding to Agreement
  • The role of Contracts in Commercial Environments
  • Procurement and Legal – We’re All Friends