Month: April 2013

Write Your Contract For Users

What should your contracts try and do? My 500-word contracts are designed to build trust, and safeguard your business without annoying your clients. Being Too Literal One of the concerns of any person writing a contract is to ensure that the contract is interpreted as the parties intend. Not just

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Review Your Share of the Losses

Imagine you own a patisserie in London and part of your shopfront falls onto a passing pedestrian (a whole family of them). If you had recently had works done to your shopfront then, as the shopowner who is good with patisserie and not really a connoisseur of construction, you might

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What is Freedom to Contract?

You may have heard that under English laws, individuals and companies have ‘freedom to contract’. But what does that jargon mean? Freedom to contract has several aspects: you can choose whether you enter into a contract, and with which persons (party freedom, or freedom to contract); you can choose the

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Can You Contract with a Handshake?

As a contract drafting lawyer, you might think that asking you to consider ‘should you bother with contracts?’ is a little like asking the proverbial turkey to vote for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Construction contracts in the UK have been around for about 150 years, with published standard forms a product

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How Long is Too Long?

It has been said (although not by me) that one aims for contracts is to take account of eventualities that can be foreseen, and to ensure that the intentions of the parties are expressed clearly, with certainty, and that the allocation of risks is as intended. But what is the

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Can You Understand Your Contract?

I hate to make assumptions or to speculate wildly, but… I have a sneaking suspicion that you don’t always understand your contracts. My hunch? When I wrote this blog in 2013, my evidence was largely anecdotal. It came from: lawyers’ websites which state that ‘clients do not understand exactly what

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Key Decisions on a Construction Project

A construction project can be divided into distinct phases. This blog reviews the key decision crunchpoints (see also my slideshare stages of a construction project). From the Start The project begins when a client considers she has a business need which may be met by developing new premises. Action: Investigate

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