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14 - 16 September 2020
Gonville & Caius College,
Cambridge, UK

European Commercial Law Summer School

A uniquely immersive event, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of commercial law

Three-day residential summer school delivered by leading minds in the field and equipping you with a practical understanding of commercial law.
COVID-19 update

We're looking forward to welcoming our attendees, sponsors and speakers at Commercial Law Summer School  in Cambridge in September.

Our number one priority is the safety of our delegates and colleagues, and there are always measures in place at our venues to safeguard your health and safety.

There are extra measures in place for 2020 in light of developments with COVID-19. Book with confidence – click here to be fully assured on how your booking rights are protected.

Why come to the European Commercial Law Summer School

Whether you are a junior lawyer looking to specialise in commercial law or taking your first role as in-house counsel, the European Commercial Law Summer School will give you the tools you need to advance your career.

Hear from commercial lawyers practising at the top legal firms, legal counsel for titans of industry, and decorated lawyers working at the forefront of the startup revolution.

This must-attend event will ensure you have the knowledge required to succeed in commercial law.

From foundation to expert
From foundation to expert

From a basic introduction to commercial and contract law through to special agreements and joint ventures, the Commercial Law Summer School will begin with the basics and then move on to cover what you need to know to be successful in commercial law.

Tackling modern challenges
Tackling modern challenges

The summer school will tackle the latest case law in-depth, keeping you abreast of all the important decisions from the courts. We will also discuss key developments in the EU, such as the effect of Brexit, as well as changes caused by advancing technology.

Meet experts from across Europe
Meet experts from across Europe

With evening punts on the river Cam, barbecues in the sun, and pub quizzes, there are plenty of ways to get to know your new colleagues and pick the brains of the established industry representatives. 

DAY 1 - Commercial Law and Anatomy of a Contract
DAY 1 - Commercial Law and Anatomy of a Contract
  • Introduction to commercial and contract law
  • How to effectively limit risk and liability
  • Lessons learnt from recent significant cases & practical case study
  • Practical guide to drafting standard clauses
  • Drafting and negotiating software licence agreements
DAY 2 - Specialist Agreements
DAY 2 - Specialist Agreements
  • Outsourcing contracts
  • Review of commercial agents regulations across both the UK and EU
  • Franchising
  • Service and distribution agreements
  • Key issues in consumer law
  • The impact of Brexit on commercial contract
DAY 3 - Competition Law, Intellectual Property, and Beyond
DAY 3 - Competition Law, Intellectual Property, and Beyond
  • Competition law: assessing recent trends and internal compliance
  • Intellectual property for commercial lawyers
  • International commercial arbitration 
  • Recent developments in data protection and privacy
  • How to maximise the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls of social media
  • COVID and force majeure
8th Annual Event
Benefit from the knowledge and experience of our experts from industry and top legal firms at this well established event
3 Content Focused Days
3 comprehensive and well-rounded days, followed by relaxed and inclusive networking activities in the evenings
18 In-depth sessions
Designed to be detailed and practical. These sessions have been refined to give you the knowledge you need


Delegates will have the chance to learn in a variety of formats including:

  • In-depth presentations
  • Interactive group discussions
  • Attention-grabbing case studies 
  • Practical workshops

The sessions have been crafted with the purpose of ensuring that the topics are fully understood and covered from multiple angles.


In addition to world-class speakers and content, make the most of British summertime and enjoy 2 evenings of networking in historic Cambridge!

  • 14th SEPTEMBER: Enjoy a tour of Cambridge, followed by dinner and then form a team with your fellow attendees and test your general knowledge at our pub quiz night
  • 15th SEPTEMBER: Make a splash punting on the scenic river Cam followed by a Pimms drinks reception and barbecue dinner in the beautiful gardens of Gonville and Caius College

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