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Jointly sponsored by the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management


The University of Leeds Law School and Business School

The quality and value of research in the fields of contract and commercial management are growing fast and IACCM is delighted to announce that it will hold an Academic Symposium on April 25th, featuring some of the top academics leading new thinking in our field.

This event will combine industry and academia to review and assess the implications and implementation of new thinking.

Date: 25th April 2019

Venue address: University of Leeds,Moot Court Room, Liberty Building School of Law, Western Campus, Moorland Road, Leeds, LS3 1DB

  • Directions: Go through the main entrance and go straight ahead through two sets of double doors up to level one. The Moot Court LT is on your right.

08:30am - 09:15am    Registration & Morning Coffee

09:15am - 09:30am    Opening Remarks - Alastair Mullis, Dean of the Law School, University of Leeds & Tim Cummins, President, IACCM

09:30am - 10:00am    Industry Keynote - Commercial Expectations and Cooperation in Symbiotic Contracts – an Empirical and Legal Analysis, Dr. Haward Soper, Honorary Associate Professor of Law, University of Leicester / A former Vice President Commercial at Alstom, a former Head of Oil and Gas Contracts at Siemens and a former Regional Contracts Manager (Far East and Middle East) for Shell

10:00am - 10:15am    Networking Break

10:15am - 11:15am    Moderator: Jacqui Archer, Owner and Director of Dealworks Ltd,


  • The Application of Hardship Provisions in Strategic Contracting, Kim Ostergaard, Professor of Law, Copenhagen Business School
  • Ethics in Commercial & Contract Management, Christof Backhaus, Professor and Chair in Marketing, Aston Business School
  • Contract Design Patterns: New Tools for Better and Simpler Risk Management, Helena Haapio, Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa

11:15am - 12:15pm    Moderator: Walter Akers, RSM UK Consulting LLP


  • Penalty Clauses in Commercial Contracts, Roger Halson, Professor of Contract & Commercial Law, University of Leeds School of Law
  • What causes disputes in contractual relationships?, Henrik Lando, Professor of Law & Economics, Copenhagen Business School
  • Contracting for Success: When and How to Use Interest Based Negotiations, Craig Conte, Elevate Service

12:15pm - 13:30pm    Lunch

13:30pm - 14:30pm   Innovation: Case Study - Moderator: Tony Morgan, RAENg Visiting Professor with the University of Leeds


  • Simon Wilson, Met Police (UK)
  • Joan Loughrey, Professor of Law and Deputy Head of School, University of Leeds School of Law
  • Louise Thompson, Taylor Thompson Commercial Ltd
  • Qi Zhou (George), Associate Professor of Law, University of Leeds School of Law

14:30pm - 15:00pm    Impact of Emerging Technologies

Session I: Legal Specification Protocol Developments, Oliver Goodenough, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

15:00pm - 15:20pm    Networking Break

15:20pm - 16:00pm    Impact of Emerging Technologies

Session II: The Impacts of Emerging Technology on Commercial and Contract Management Role and Purpose, Sally Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, IACCM

16:00pm - 16:30pm    Looking into the Future

Structuring Interactions through Managerial Contracting – The Management of Disagreements and Oversight of Supply Eco Systems, Tim Cummins, President, IACCM & Lisa Bernstein, Wilson-Dickinson Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law