Month: June 2017

The Art of Writing a Readable Contract

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

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The Dotted Line: A quite terrifying experience

After a scorching weekend in the UK thoughts turn to sunnier climes and holidays. My theme for this collection of tips comes from walking the Alta Via 1 in the Italian Dolomites with my family. Read the full edition here » If you’d like to receive The Dotted Line directly

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Copyright for Consultants

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

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Contracts Require an Escape Route

Every June, that tiny window of opportunity to climb Everest passes for another year. At high altitude our brains are less effective, so it is critical to have a simple plan that categorically defines the walk away point, however close the group is to the summit. Climbers talk of summit

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Contracting as a Process

In a series of articles for journals and LinkedIn, I have outlined my view of contracting as a process, rather than treating contracts as stand-alone documents and their creation as drive-by events. A contract process maturity model This is a tool designed to refine this idea and future-proof your contracting

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Review Your Contract: Indemnities

An indemnity is a promise to pay A’s losses if a trigger event occurs [read more]. But how do they pass risk on construction projects? Managing risk If someone else fails to spot your defective work, does it reduce the amount of your indemnity? No. Greenwich Millennium v Essex Services

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