Security Documentation

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This intensive course will cover all aspects of security documentation focusing on the anatomy of the security document itself and the legal ramifications of an incorrectly drafted document.

Starting with the reasons for taking security, delegates will be guided through the complete security process, from preliminary due dilgence, drafting and negotiating an effective security document, perfecting security and understanding enforcement, to challenges to security, inter-creditor arrangements and cross-border issues. The course will also examine the specific issues at play when taking security across different assets.

This course will cover:

  • Why take security?
  • Challenges to security
  • Fixed and floating charge debentures
  • Specific security
  • Subordination, priorities and postponement
  • Guarantees, indemnities and performance bonds
  • Recent developments in legislation and case law


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Day 1


  • Why take security?
  • Mortgages, charges, pledges and liens

Some General Principles

  • Legal and equitable title
  • Legal and equitable charges, assignments or mortgages
  • Fixed and floating charges

Preliminaries To Taking Security

  • Capacity
  • Authorisation
  • Insolvency
  • Prior charges

Challenges To Security

  • Transactions at an undervalue
  • Voidable preferences
  • Floating charges
  • Financial assistance

Perfecting Security

  • Registration: Companies House and Bills of Sale Registry
  • Registration: land, ships, aircraft, intellectual property
  • Notices to third parties: assignments of contracts and deposits
  • Notices to prior charge holders

Anatomy Of A Security Document (Part 1)

  • Deed or Agreement
  • Parties
  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Covenant to Pay
  • Charging clause
  • Representations and warranties
  • Covenants: positive and negative
  • Insurance

Anatomy Of A Security Document (Part 2)

  • Powers to remedy
  • Powers of enforcement
  • Power of attorney
  • Application and appropriation
  • Other clauses


Day 2


  • Fixed and floating charges revisited
  • Charges over book debts; the Spectrum decision
  • Receivers and administrators: Enterprise Act 2002
  • Floating charges – disadvantages
  • Key clauses and key issues

Security Over Land

  • Preliminaries - investigation of title and other matters
  • Key clauses and key issues
  • Enforcement

Security Over Ships, Aircraft And Other Chattels

  • Ships
    - Statutory mortgages, non-statutory mortgages, deeds of covenant and general assignments
    - Insurances, earnings and requisition compensation
    - Time charterparties and bareboat charterparties
    - Key clauses and key issues
    - Registration
    - Enforcement
  • Aircraft
    - Mortgages
    - Key clauses and key issues
    - Registration
    - Enforcement
  • Chattels
    - Mortgage or charge?
    - Three practical limitations
    - Key clauses and key issues

Security Over Contracts

  • General principles
  • Key clauses and key issues
  • Enforcement
  • Step-In Agreements

Security Over Cash Deposits

  • Charge, assignment or set-off?
  • Key clauses and key issues
  • Registration
  • Financial Collateral

Security Over Shares And Other Securities

  • Preliminaries
  • Mortgage or charge?
  • Depository systems
  • Listed securities – CREST
  • Key issues and key clauses
  • Registration
  • Financial collateral


Day 3

Security Over Intellectual Property

  • Introduction
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Intangible rights
  • Physical materials
  • Exploitation of intellectual property rights
  • Conclusion

Guarantees, Indemnities And Performance Bonds

  • Guarantees, indemnities and performance bonds distinguished
  • Corporate guarantees – due diligence
  • Challenges
  • Key clauses and key issues

Subordination, Priorities And Postponement

  • Subordination or postponement
  • Deeds of priorities

Syndicated Lending

  • Some general principles
  • Who takes security
  • Drafting Issues
  • Cross-border Issues

Cross-Border Issues

  • Conflict of laws
  • Conflicts - contractual issues
  • Conflicts - proprietary issues (land)
  • Conflicts - proprietary issues (goods)
  • Conflicts – proprietary issues (intangibles)
  • Insolvency
  • Legal advice
  • Enforcement

Course summary and close


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