In Verity White's Secrets of Productive Contracts she says: The easier your contract is to read, the more trustworthy you and your company seem But is it true? In recent newsletters (sign up here) I have looked at some of the evidence relating to documents which are easier to read: ...
I love the idea that we could create contracts that ordinary people will read, understand and use. Verity White's Secret of Productive Contracts is another step in the right direction. Verity's focus is on paperless contracts to speed up the contracting process. I was both delighted and a little bemused when I ...
According to Stephen MR Covey, in the Speed of Trust: Trust is a function of two things: character and competence. Character includes your integrity, your motive, your intent with people. Competence includes your capabilities, your skills, your results, your track record. My top tip for 2017 (19 Jan) is to ...
In 'the Art of Readable Writing' (1949) Rudolph Flesch provides advice that applies to writers of legal documents as well as blog posts, books, and other media. Here are some of his tips, with relevant legal examples, to help you write contracts that others can read, understand and use. Benefits of ...
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 ...
In a series of articles for journals and LinkedIn, I have outlined the idea of treating contracting as a process, rather than contracts as stand-alone documents. A contract process maturity model, or CPMM, is a tool designed to refine this idea and future-proof your contracting (read more). Disputes, lack of ...
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 ...
Clarity and legibility in contractual language is widely recognised as desirable in its own right but [the Consumer Rights Act] goes beyond promoting that objective as an end in itself … the transparency provisions in the Act have to be understood as demanding ‘transparency’ in the full sense. If ...
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 ...