Negotiating Contracts

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of Contract Negotiation, and in particular, contract law in relation to the cultural sector. From understanding what a contract is, to how they are written and what that language means, this in depth course will guide you through the essential knowledge you need to understand how contracts can work for you.

Please note this course refers only to English law.


Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to understand how contracts work, and what essential information to look for when entering into agreements on behalf of your organisation.

What will I learn?

  • What is a contract? How do they differ from other legal agreements?
  • Due Diligence and why it matters
  • Contract highlights – what are the important things to look for?
  • Terminology – understanding the language of contracts
  • Charity law and why our sector is special
  • Using your contract to balance risk versus reward
  • Test your knowledge with practical case studies

How do I access this course?

  • Full Member PLUS organisations – FREE. Login here to access all academy courses. Activate your Access All Areas Pass if you haven’t already.
  • MembersNon-Members and Partners / NPOs can purchase the course below

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Course programme

  • Contract essentials
  • Establishing a contract
  • The key parts of a contract and a contract negotiation
  • Is the cultural sector special?
  • Risk vs Reward

On average, this course takes around 4hrs to complete initially.

You’ll be provided with a learning diary to put your learning into practice, and invited to reflect on what you’ve learnt in a short questionnaire after six weeks.

About the course creator

Anthony Misquitta is an established commercial, intellectual property and technology lawyer, specialising in both contract negotiation and litigation for businesses involved in art, brands and technology. He advises SMEs and institutional clients across sectors that include software and technology, artists and designers, museums and cultural institutions, tech start-ups, media, schools, restaurants and fashion. Outside of Keystone Anthony acts as General Counsel at the V&A. He also lectures on IP and related subjects for Queen Mary College’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), the Institute of Art & Law and the London School of Economics. He is a trustee of both the Association for Cultural Enterprises and the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art.



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Learn any time, anywhere

The course is available on-demand, and can be accessed 24/7 via a computer, tablet, or mobile phone through a web browser. All video content is subtitled / captioned.

Evidence of CPD

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a digital certificate as proof of your skill level, and commitment to continuing professional development.

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