Month: March 2018

The Dotted Line: Writing love letters

The Dotted Line is intended to give you the confidence to read, understand and use simple contracts. Once you’ve created human-readable contracts (not necessarily edible) then you need to focus on making them lovable. Read the full edition here » To create that simple lovable content, think cake! If you’d

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How Flexible Should Your Scope Be?

According to the NBS Contracts and Law Survey 2018, scope creep disrupted projects more than any other factor:                           Variations were also the main cause of 42% of disputes. So what can we do about scope creep? Are

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Oral Changes: Can Clients Wriggle Out of Paying?

Defining the scope of your contract is critical. Firstly, the scope is the starting point for determining whether any goods, works and services provided are extras – if not, they should be included in the original contract price. Secondly, the contract terms will explain if the extent of the change

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The Dotted Line: Taking over the world

I want you to have the confidence to read, understand and use simple contracts. Although technology is threatening to blunder in and take over the contract world (mwah ha ha), we need to first focus on creating human-readable contracts. Read the full edition here » What’s the first thing you

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What Can You Change?

Most contracts will include some form of mechanism or procedure allowing the parties to change the goods, works and services being provided. There are a number of myths about variation clauses because a simple express clause such as this in NEC4 “The Project Manager may give an instruction which changes

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Is Jargon Useful or Ridiculous?

The Winfield Rock Report Overcoming the Legal and Contractual Barriers of BIM reported that BIM aficionados expressed ‘sympathy for lawyers having to wade through endless jargon’. Te he he! For once the boot is on the other foot. I spend my life helping professionals overcome jargon: writing jargon-free contracts, training

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The Dotted Line: Can you be trusted?

Do your contracts demonstrate your honesty and trustworthiness? There are more than 50 ways to lose credibility and trust (read more) but if you want to be the right sort of company to do business with, read on. Read the full edition here » It’s snowing here, but it feels

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