Contractual interpretation


May 11, 2017

Commercial lawyers and contract managers spend much of their time reading and writing contracts. Understanding how the courts interpret contracts is therefore a key part of the job of any commercial lawyer. In practice, much of contract law is about the interpretation of the promises which the parties have made to each other rather than about particular rules of law.

This seminar will discuss the way in which contracts are interpreted under English Law. The discussion will be structured around ten principles which, it is suggested, can help to explain the way in which the courts interpret contracts.

The following issues will be discussed:

  • What is the guiding principle of contractual interpretation?
  • What materials are available when interpreting a contract? 
  • What do words mean?  To what extent is the court entitled to disregard the words used by the parties if it thinks that they cannot have intended them?
  • When can words be implied into a contract?
  • When can the court change the words in a contract?

We will discuss the way in which the English law approach to interpretation of contracts differs from the German law approach.

It is intended that the seminar will be interactive and we will encourage those attending to participate in the discussion.

We will hold the client training at our offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich:

  • April 25, 2017 in Frankfurt from 9.30 to 1.00 pm
  • April 26, 2017 in Hamburg from 9.30 to 1.00 pm
  • May 11, 2017 in Munich from 9.30 to 1.00 pm

The client training will be held in English.

To give you the opportunity for further discussions and expanding your network, we invite you to a lunch buffet following the training session.  

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Frankfurt, Hamburg or Munich.


Please register by clicking the Register button on the right side. For further information please contact Rosi Casarino by e-mail or by phone +49 69 50 50 96-184.


May 11, 2017 in Munich

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Theatinerstraße 11
80333 Munich


Oliver Sutter

Oliver Sutter

Timo Noftz

Timo Noftz