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Business Foundations

Understanding Contracts


Date: Wed 21 October 2020

Time: 9:30 to 12:30

Location: Fremantle (F)

Cost: Free

Duration: 1 session x 3 hours

About the Lecturer

Craig Duncan
Workshop Presenter

Craig Duncan is a lawyer with over twenty years commercial legal experience. After working in an international law firm and as a barrister, Craig operated his own legal practice in the areas of commercial law, property law, corporate and resources law and corporate insolvency. Craig's expertise in contract law includes drafting and advising on standard legal contracts and assisting clients to resolve contractual law disputes in all stages of the Court system from local courts to High Court.

About the Course

Dealing with contracts is an essential part of running a business, whether they relate to securing finance, equipment  leasing, employing staff or engaging in advertising. Contracts are legally binding, so it’s important to understand exactly what you are signing. This session will highlight some of the key aspects of contracting and what to look out for.

This topic covers:

  • Contracts as part of business planning;
  • Definition of a contract;
  • What makes a legally valid contract;
  • Negotiating tips;
  • When to seek legal or financial advice;
  • Managing longer term contracts;
  • Breaches, dispute resolution and termination clauses;
  • Other laws that affect or override contract terms;
  • Renewal and renegotiation, or ending a contract.

This session is for new and more experienced business owners who already have, or about to enter into, contracts.


This session is presented by the SBDC, the only agency in the Western Australian Government dedicated to helping small business. In fact, we’ve been providing practical support to small business owners for more than 30 years.

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