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The Dotted Line: Majestic dolphins

Instead of some strained link to this weekend’s jaw-dropping sport, I am offering a little light relief in the guise of more tales from my building projects. You’ve heard about my windows contract [if not, here’s the link], now let’s consider my bathroom contract… Read the full edition here What else

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The Dotted Line: Fed up?

Are you fed up with all the hype about blockchain, cyptocurrency and smart contracts? Or are you investing your pension in bitcoin and making yourself rich beyond your wildest dreams? This newsletter brings my good old-fashioned pragmatism to the smart contract debate. Read the full edition here » What processes

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The Dotted Line: Let me go!

My youngest son is a walking encyclopaedia of football knowledge, especially about Manchester City FC and (currently) the to-ings and fro-ings of players. Even if – like me – you find the transfer window exceedingly dull, bear with me to learn some quick contract lessons. Read the full edition here

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Peace of Mind

I went from nodding in agreement to shaking my head in just two sentences: A contract sets out the expectations of both the client and the contractor. A contract gives you the peace of mind that the contractor will deliver the project within an agreed timeframe, at an agreed cost

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The Dotted Line: Anything? Almost…

You can agree to almost anything in your contracts… in theory. However, laws can interfere with that freedom. Just because a term is written into a contract doesn’t mean you are bound by it. Let’s demonstrate this with a real life example: my recent windows contract (which as you’ll know from last time, I did read). Read the full

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Tried and Tested

Do you want a tried and tested contract? Really? Tried before the courts because it wasn’t clear enough? Tested by years of use and abuse [read Ken Adams’ view on tested language in contracts]? One of those contracts which surveys have held stoke mistrust? Or one of the ones which

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What No Retention?

Retention has had its day… Unjustified late and non-payment of a retention is unacceptable BEIS Report October 2017 Or perhaps that is wishful thinking? Build UK is implementing the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter to move to zero retentions by 2025 (although some more enlightened employers like Network Rail have

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The Dotted Line: No. No. No. No. No.

The surveyor arrived to check our measurements and handed me an envelope, with an embarrassed shrug, saying ‘It’s just your contract. You don’t need to read it or do anything with it.’ No. No. No. No. No. We might only be replacing our misted double glazing with triple glazing (a

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What Have You Forgotten?

When you write your own contract (possibly cobbling together clauses and copying and pasting paragraphs from other contracts, the internet or elsewhere) you may find that you haven’t actually covered all the essentials. I have worked with a few companies in the construction industry who have created their own contract

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What Is User-Centred Law?

A key aspect of legal design, is the concept of user-centred law. As Tessa Manuello says ‘Most legal service delivery has been designed for a world that no longer exists‘. User-centred law adapts existing legal services and systems to meet the users’ needs, rather than trying to adapt users to

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