Impressed by the reception to Ken Adams’ recent seminar at the UCL Faculty of Laws, Drafting Clearer Contracts, IP Draughts has decided to jump on the bandwagon and offer four one-day training courses via UCL Faculty of Laws. These courses are in addition to (and complementary to) the 5-day course Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which will be running for the third time at UCL from 20-24 April 2015.
Each of the one-day courses will be held in London and will provide 6 hours of CPD.
The first of these, Drafting IP Terms in Research Contracts, will be held on Thursday 26 March 2015. The course is pitched at an intermediate level, for contracts managers and lawyers who have had some exposure to negotiating research contracts but are still at a relatively early stage in dealing with them. Brochure and booking details can be found here.
Further one-day courses will be held at UCL on the following dates. Details will be posted on the UCL Faculty of Laws website in due course [update: now posted, see here], but for your diaries…
- Introduction to Contracts – CPD for legal support staff. Tuesday 12 May 2015. This course is designed for beginners who don’t have much experience of working with contracts and would like to understand them better. Previous attenders have included project managers, administrators, legal secretaries and paralegals.
- Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts. 2 June 2015. This course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least 2 years’ experience of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, and who wish to increase their understanding of the “legal” clauses in contracts, including warranties, indemnities, limitation of liability and boilerplate clauses.
- IP Licensing – An Advanced Level Drafting Workshop. 16 June 2015. This course looks in detail at the main terms in an IP licence agreement, including grant, payments, performance, warranties, and law and jurisdiction. It is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least 2 years’ experience of drafting and negotiating IP licence agreements.
Nestling in IP Draughts’ inbox this morning was an email from Law Society Publishing, inviting him to purchase the recently published, third edition, of a book, Drafting Confidentiality Agreements. Written by some lawyers called Anderson and Warner, apparently.
It is a small book, so it may fit under your hat, or in your loved one’s Christmas stocking.
One of the downsides of our firm having a very common name – Anderson – is the possibility of being confused with others. A year or two back, this caused us problems with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which seemed to think we were a High Street firm from Liverpool that was in dispute with a local taxi driver. They insisted on knowing what our defence was to various allegations of regulatory misconduct. We had to work quite hard before the SRA eventually accepted that they had the wrong firm.
Having recently adopted a new logo, we hope it is clear that we are not the following firms:
This fourth-dimensional firm from Minnesota.
This firm from Michegan, which sounds rather ruff!
This firm from Montana, which seems to have a rather varied practice.
This firm from Massachusetts, which asks a very pertinent question.
This firm from Canada, which employs a small town lawyer providing small town service in a …small town.
This firm from Australia, which employs real people!
This faceless (but Scotland-loving?) firm, Anderson Browne, from England (“next to McDonalds”), which seems to let their clients take the lead.
Well, it’s a start…
Perhaps too far in the other direction?
Anderson Law LLP has a vacancy for a trainee solicitor, to start later this year. Details on how to apply can be found on our snazzy new website.
This will be the 7th trainee that our firm has taken on. Five of the previous six trainees remain with the firm, and two of them are now partners.
Are you interested in doing the highest quality of transactional work in a pleasant, small firm environment where there are no billing targets, where suits are only worn when necessary, and where you will have plenty of direct responsibility for advising clients (but with plenty of support from more experienced lawyers)?
Or do you know someone really good (intellectually able, personable, diligent) who falls into the above category? Ideally with previous experience of science or industry. If so, please let them know about the vacancy!