FBE International Contract Competition

FBE International Contract Competition

FBE International Contract Competition 12-14 May 2017
DASLS Team: Benjamin Thomson and Laura Britton

 

Ben and Laura

Ben Thomson and Laura Britton

The competition, created and hosted by the Warsaw Bar Association, was organised by the Fédération des Barreaux d'Europe (FBE) and took place from the 12th to the 14th of May.

Teams from Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and the UK took part in the competition, which aimed to encourage cooperation between different member bars, give us the opportunity to practise and hone our negotiation and drafting skills and meet lawyers (trainees and associates) from other member bars.

We were given two case studies 30 days before the competition with the aim being to negotiate a distribution and supply agreement with a team from another European country. We acted for the supplier in both cases; on the first day acting for a company selling gardening items and on the second acting for a company that manufactured and sold cosmetics and personal care products.

As all of the competitors represented real companies it was important to research both ours and the other side’s companies. This included their accounts and filing history which could then be used as tools in the negotiations. The competition rewarded careful research and thorough preparation, as well as the ability to be collaborative in negotiations and draft a clear and concise contract.

The Warsaw Bar Association hosted dinner on both Friday and Saturday, serving local food and drink at different locations in the city. The Bar also gave us time between the negotiations and dinner in the evenings to explore the city and sightsee.

We finished in 3rd place, with framed certificates to show for it! We hope to keep in touch with the other participants and members of the host bar who were warm, welcoming and extremely enthusiastic to discuss and share their approach to practicing law and to encourage cooperation between different member bars.

The competition was sponsored by Witold Modzelewski Attorney-at-law and Deloitte Legal.

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