Month: March 2017

The Dotted Line: Even the big guns are at it!

This week I have been reviewing the terms and conditions of a global airline. As expected, they are relying on their T&C to create the wriggle room they need to avoid their duties… Read it here » If you’d like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox

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Delete Stilted Writing

It is time to banish stilted language from your (legal) writing. It serves no-one, especially not your client. If you need more persuading, read these words of wisdom from commentators, experts and judges: In legal writing, jargon consists mostly of stilted words and phrases — blemishes, not graces — such

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Signatures Are Not Required

Getting a contract wet signed (pen & ink) is becoming increasingly difficult when many clients are virtual, businesses do not have offices, and the cost of postage outweighs the benefits. In the construction industry, parties often start with the intention of getting a signed contract, but these good intentions are

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The Dotted Line: Vipers? Helter-skelters?!

What was behind the door? I imagined the ‘fire exit’ lead to a pit of vipers, a helter-skelter, a first-floor door without stairs, or a Horcrux… If a customer has to worry about what’s behind the door when there is a fire in the pub, surely it must be more

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Make It Essential

This post sets out the legal requirements and 4 bare minimum content essentials for a construction contract. Even where all of those exist, the courts sometimes decide there is no contract because all the essential terms were not agreed. The terms on which the parties were [of one mind] must

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No Written Contract? No Problem

A US$60m project for a luxury Caribbean resort came to a sorry end for many hundreds of disgruntled customers. Even if your project does not involve cabanas, windswept beaches or multi-million pound deals, you can learn from the lessons of Harlequin and its contractor. Setting the scene The ‘startling features’

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The Dotted Line: What’s behind the door?

I was tickled pink by this sign in the first floor lounge bar at the Zetland Hotel (top house) in Marske-by-Sea. My imagination went into overdrive! What do you think lurks behind the door marked ‘fire escape’? The best answer wins a tablet – to be clear it’s a clay

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