Month: August 2017

Serendipitous Simplicity

Simplicity means is best described using this definition of plain language A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information. Source: International Plain Language Federation So

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Readability and Trust

In Verity White’s Secrets of Productive Contracts she says: The easier your contract is to read, the more trustworthy you and your company seem But is it true? Where’s the evidence? My contract tips [sign up] have reviewed some of the issues: Easier to read = easier to use ‘People

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Hunting for a Superhero

For 4 years, the annual ARCADIS Global Construction Disputes Survey has concluded that the number 1 cause of disputes on construction projects is due to contract administration. When will we manage to avoid these pitfalls? Many of the causes of avoidable disputes are issues we have highlighted such as: Poor

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The Dotted Line: Are you like Paddington Bear?

Over the summer months each newsletter will focus most of its attention on one of my four themes: showstoppers, trust, dispute avoidance or simplicity. This edition is designed to help you avoid disputes. As this newsletter is being sent on my birthday, I’ve included a photo of a birthday cake

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Disastrous Disputes

Weirdly, avoiding disputes does not seem to be a key factor driving the drafting of contracts (although PPC2000 might be an exception). However, given the rising cost and time involved in resolving disputes, as well as the damage to reputations and the sustainability of a company, it should be. My

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Your Contract Pains

I love the idea that we could create contracts that ordinary people will read, understand and use. Verity White’s Secret of Productive Contracts is another step in the right direction. Verity’s focus is on paperless contracts to speed up the contracting process. I was both delighted and a little bemused

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The Dotted Line: Is it better to under- or over-promise?

Over the summer months each newsletter will focus most of its attention on one of my four themes: showstoppers, trust, dispute avoidance or simplicity. This edition zooms in on trust. Read the full edition here » If you’d like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every

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Tantalising Trust

According to Stephen MR Covey, in the Speed of Trust: Trust is a function of two things: character and competence. Character includes your integrity, your motive, your intent with people. Competence includes your capabilities, your skills, your results, your track record. My top tip for 2017 (19 Jan) is to

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