Many disputes arising out of contracts are about what the contract means. This, often difficult, question has provoked many cases but until recently was not much discussed in the books. The last fifteen years has seen a major change. Three excellent books have appeared (two English and one Australian) and there have been a number of very important decisions in the House of Lords/UK Supreme Court.

The lectures will consider what the current position is and highlight the most important changes. It will also consider another important and closely related question. Sometimes one of the parties seeks to argue that the written contract does not accurately reflect the agreement and sometimes the court will grant the remedy of Rectification to correct the error. Recent cases leave the scope of this remedy not wholly clear.

Course Dates

The Masterclass will be conducted over three days. Please see the schedule below.

Date Topic Time Venue
07 May 2018 (Monday) Basic Principle. Objectivity.
What does it mean?
What subjective material can be introduced?
Exclusion of negotiation.
12:15pm to 2:15pm National Trades Union Congress, NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, One Marina Boulevard, Level 9, Room 901 Singapore 018989
08 May 2018 (Tuesday) Lord Hoffmann's Basic Principle.
The treatment in later cases.
12:15pm to 2:15pm
09 May 2018 (Wednesday) Implied terms.
Rectification of Contracts
12:15pm to 2:15pm

Registration begins at 11:45am, and classes will start sharp at 12:15pm. Bento lunch sets will be provided for all participants during registration.

Course Fees

S$850.00 (S$909.50 with 7% GST)
(inclusive of course materials and light refreshments)

Course Convenor

Michael Furmston

Professor Michael Furmston has been teaching law since 1957. He has held appointments in Birmingham, Belfast, Oxford, Bristol (where he was twice Dean and in between Pro-Vice-Chancellor). Michael came to Singapore for the first time in 1987 when he taught contract law at the NUS Law School, returning to NUS in 1999 to teach with the NUS Law Contract Law team.

He was the Founding Dean of the Law School at Singapore Management University. He has been a visiting professor in Belgium, Italy and Australia. He has been a Bencher of Gray's Inn since 1987 and was one of the successful counsel in the leading contract damages case of Ruxley v Forsyth. He has been the sole editor of Cheshire Fifoot and Furmston since 1976 and is the general editor of the Lexis Nexis Law of Contract (5th Edition, 2015). He has written books on commercial law and construction law and, most recently, on contract formation and Privity of Contract. He is co-author of "Contract Formation: Law and Practice" (2nd Edition, 2016) and "Privity of Contract" (2015), practitioner law publications by Oxford University Press.

Closing Date

All registration forms and the course payment fees should reach us by Friday, 13 April 2018.

Course Brochure

Please download the course brochure here

Discounts & Registration

NUS Law School alumni members are entitled to a 10% discount for the programme.

Where two or more participants from the same organization register for the programme at the same time, the following discounts are applicable:
2 participants: 10%
3 participants: 15%
4 or more participants: 20%

Note: For participants eligible for the above discounts, please DO NOT use the registration form. Please get in touch with NUS Law CLE at to enable us to process your registrations.
(Important - The discounts are not cumulative and cannot be combined with any other discount offers. The highest applicable discount will be given to the registration fee of each eligible participant)

Please submit your registration form here

For further enquiries, please contact Ms Poova at or 6516 3644.

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Practice Area: Corporate/Commercial Training
Training Level: Foundation