Most consultant appointments allow a licence for your client to use your drawings and designs for the Project for which you created them;; and if your client uses them for other purposes then you are not liable for such use. How 'the Project' is defined will affect how your client can ...
Does this sound like you? When we set up our consultancy practice, like many professionals we cobbled (cut + paste) together an appointment from documents we’d been provided by our professional body and or obtained from other consultants. We took an 'that seems to look right' or 'it covers most bases' ...
Copies of my new book How to Write Simple and Effective Consultant Appointments in Just 500 Words (read more) have been prompting contacts, clients and friends to actually sit down and review their existing contracts. Bill Evans from D2E said "I must say, it was easy and compelling reading. The ...
If you believe that a contract that sets out how much you'll get paid is good enough, you are kidding yourself. Money might be - for suppliers, contractors and consultants - your highest priority. But your client wants to know what she is getting for her cold hard cash. Legally Binding The ...
Imagine your business relationship is like a romantic relationship. It starts off well with promises (sometimes slightly exaggerated) on either side, lots of enthusiasm, a great deal of trust and hope, and slowly you develop some ground rules for working together harmoniously. However rose-tinted your spectacles are, however much you believe ...
There are five legal essentials for a contract in English law: Offer: a promise to do something Acceptance: a nod, handshake, email or other action which accepts that offer; it has to be a 'yes' (or 'hell, yes') rather than a 'yes, but...' Consideration: price, exchanged services or other value (as little as ...
When writing your contract, you may be tempted to see it as a form of safety-net. This means your contract will inevitably focus on what will happen when things go wrong. Is this really a good start to a client relationship? How do you think it makes your client feel? A good ...
A good speech is like a skirt – it should be short enough to be interesting and long enough to cover the essentials... Churchill The same is true of a good contract. Short enough to be read. Long enough to cover the essentials. In the construction industry, we have nearly 90 main ...
One of the wonders of English is the rich nuances our language permits. That richness, combined with modern usage - whether legal or otherwise - also creates confusion. A major issue for drafters and interpreters of legal documents is the use and abuse of mandatory and permissive verbs. Mandatory verbs are those ...