Alan Sugar once said: I have always been an honest trader. I come from a school of traders where there was honour in the deal. No contracts, just a handshake and that's it, done. That's the way I prefer to do business... Can You Contract with a Handshake? looked ...
It’s been Valentine’s Day this week. When I first carried out my survey of construction contract users in 2014 I was surprised that 30% of respondents said they loved their contracts because they help them do business. Do you? Read it here » If you'd like to receive The Dotted Line ...
As David Chappell says: it is difficult to think of any other cause responsible for more difficulties and disputes in construction contracts than the employer being in a hurry Construction Contracts Q&A, 2011 There are 3 approaches to letters of intent: Follow the guidance from eg the RICS, CIOB and APM and ...
This week I have been mostly reviewing and negotiating consultant agreements and it has produced a bevvy of beauties to discuss. Read it here » If you'd like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every second Thursday, simply enter your details here.
Now you know what NOT to do in 2017, I want to help you replace your bad contract habits with good contract habits. Here are five tips to create killer contracts in 2017. Read it here » If you'd like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every ...
Although you cannot avoid mandatory legislative requirements, such as the right to suspend or claim interest for late payments, some unscrupulous payers include unenforceable conditions, perhaps hoping the other does not know the law?! Another vexatious approach is to make compliance with a legal right almost impossibly tricky, ...
Standing Rock provided this weekend’s monumental showstopper. The US Army Corps of Engineers refused to grant the easement (permission to use someone else’s land) for the US$4bn pipeline in Dakota, USA. The rollercoaster fortunes of this project highlight the need to consider the interests of a wide range of ...
Which should come first: works or contract? Well you might expect me to say the contract but here's why... The defective car park In 2001, two companies were trying to agree the terms for a long-term agreement on a variety of projects. One of those projects was in a ...
Conditions precedent [conditions that don't build trust] are requirements that must be met before either (1) the contract as a whole comes into existence, or (2) a specific right under that contract will apply. Your contract won't always use the phrase 'condition precedent', which makes them harder to ...
On a simple house refurbishment project in Putney, London, Mr & Mrs West ended up with an extended house with no proper waterproofing, serious defects in the plumbing and all the newly installed M&E services needing replacing. Disaster! When planning and creating their contracts that the clients were ...