Month: September 2018

Hoorah for Clauses

Hoorah! Not for Santa clauses (!)… instead I am referring to the means contact writers have for splitting the huge amount of data in a construction contract into manageable chunks. From studies by Miller in the fifties, it has long been known that we have a limited span of working

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Contracts: Which Meaning Prevails?

What does your contract mean? Perhaps not what you intended… Words vs Purpose The courts interpret contracts based on examining each word (the literal approach focusing on language) and business common sense (the ‘purposive’ approach focusing on practical implications). Although language should be the surest guide as to what the

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The Dotted Line: Why bother?

It is nearly my second anniversary for my newsletter, and – whether you are a new subscriber or have read each edition –I’d love to know whether you have more confidence with contracts. Click here to let me know » Read the full edition here » If you want to

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IChemE Fitness for Purpose

Fitness for purpose clauses impose a duty on a contractor to achieve a specific result. They have come under scrutiny as a result of a series of cases in the English courts which imposed significant damages onto a contractor, in complex factual scenarios [read more]. This post considers the IChemE

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MF/1 Fitness for Purpose

Fitness for purpose clauses impose a duty on a contractor to achieve a specific result. They have come under scrutiny as a result of a series of cases in the English courts which imposed significant damages onto a contractor, in complex factual scenarios [read more]. This post considers the MF/1

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