Sarah Fox is an international speaker, trainer and contract strategist.
She helps construction companies write simpler contracts to build strong trusting relationships and successful projects. As a lawyer with 20 years’ experience writing, adapting, advising and training on construction contracts, her ‘Eureka’ moment came when she realized no-one really understood what they meant. And all this while nursing a strong espresso and putting the world of contracts to rights at Euston station…
Despite the ubiquity of standard form construction contracts, disputes in the global construction industry are getting longer and more costly. Users have neither the time nor inclination to read the long and staggeringly complex T&C, and do not trust them to help the project become a success.
With simplicity as her aim, she created a fully-functional construction contract in just 500 words – a new paradigm in trust-based and collaborative contracts. She is the author of a series of 500-Word Contracts™ for the construction industry.
She speaks about how you can use contracts to help you do business. Find out more about her “Never Sign on the Dotted Line” keynote in her Speaker Sheet 2015.
Her talks include:
- “Never Sign on the Dotted Line” talking about how trust and not terms are the basis of a good contractual relationship.
- “Adding TLC into your T&C” dealing with the intellectual, logical and emotional fall-out from existing contracts which are too long, too complex and too adversarial.
- “Why use 50,000 words when 500 will do?” challenging the notion that existing standard form construction contracts are best practice rather than just ‘better the devil you know’.
- “How to write your own contracts… and avoid lawyers” covering 5 simple stages to help small consultancy & construction firms to write simpler contracts from scratch or review their existing T&C.
Who Books Sarah?
Sarah has spoken for:
- University of Manchester’s Project Management Professional Development Programme (PMPDP)
- Constructing Excellence Best Practice Groups in Manchester and Warrington
- Clients of Helix Law LLP
- Simon Zutshi’s Property Mastermind Graduates
- CPD events for construction professionals including RICS Matrics in Manchester and CIAT events in Wales
- Clarity, the organisation for plain language in law, at their London event
- PLAIN International at their Dublin Conference 2015 (the slides are available from this page)
Julia from Rolls Royce on Sarah’s talk “Failure is not an option“:
Shelley from Eon on Sarah’s talk “Failure is not an option“:
Emily and Katy from Project Five on Sarah’s talk “Why Use 85,000 words…?“
Matthew from Symonds on Sarah’s talk on “Avoiding Construction Disputes“: