Ah, the perils of starting to talk jargon or legalese… and when to stop!
I was browsing the CIOB Mini Form of Contract and came across a clause which struck me as badly written.
What Does Vitiate Mean?
The precise wording is:
“no variations to the Contract work shall vitiate the Contract.”
Does anyone really know what vitiate means? According to a Legal Dictionary, vitiate means “To impair or make void; to destroy or annul, either completely or partially, the force and effect of an act or instrument.” So the clause could be rewritten to say:
“No changes to the Works will invalidate this Contract.”
Jargon does not help anyone: the reader, the user, the adviser or a court. Just say no!
If you have any terms and conditions you want me to review, comment on or revise, then drop me a line.