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The Dotted Line: Doh!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you finally realise something that others have known for years? Like the arrow on your car’s petrol gauge that tells you which side the petrol cap is on? <Doh> Read the full edition here Unlike John Cleese pretending to fall asleep

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The Dotted Line: How would you feel?

A jaw-dropping birthday cake arrives at the table to gasps of appreciation. But the celebrant declines to share. How would you feel? Surprised? Disappointed? Hungry? Read the full edition here Do you love cakes more than contracts? This is one of the cakes that wasn’t eaten during the party 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VO1_z-cEaQ&ab_channel=SarahFox

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The Dotted Line: Where did it go?

“Stop SHOUTING!!” You overhear an adult yell at their kids, rolling your eyes at the irony. You conveniently forget the times you’ve told your kids to step away from their screens and read a book, despite spending all day on Zoom calls before slumping in front of the TV. Read

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Traps in T&C

There’s a certain honesty in this tick box: From a UX perspective, the lack of a link to the terms and conditions is an own goal – ironically, the page was part of the voting form for the Women in Legal Tech awards. According to research (New York Times) less

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Right to Finish Part 2

Do you really want to sign up to a contract that allows your client (or the main contractor) to keep taking work away from you and giving it to someone else? Contracts both entitle and oblige the provider to perform the whole of its scope – what I call a

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The Dotted Line: I won’t waste your time

Ever wondered why my Dotted Lines are short? Because I think your time is important and I don’t want to waste it! Not everyone agrees… Read the full edition here If you think law is the worst offender, watch out for a corker of a tongue-twister from the US military:

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WFH: the rise of virtual signatures

The technology to allow parties to a contract to sign, execute, witness and complete contracts without leaving their home office is not new. However, with nearly 50% of the UK working from home, the time for electronic or digital signatures is ripe. Rather than considering the relative merits of the

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Retention as Leverage

What is the retention? Is it, as I have suggested, the contractor’s money which the employer is holding to ransom? Is it security for any defects discovered during the defects period which the contractor fails to put right? Is it a form of commercial leverage? In Yeovil v The Stepping

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The Dotted Line: Shocking

Ever woken up from a faint or in a hotel bedroom and experienced the shock of not knowing where you were? You are puzzled and confused until your brain solves the riddle of where you are versus where you thought you were. Read the full edition here How can you avoid missing

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Design life: duty or desire?

Any construction project (or product) can be stated to have a specific design life – normally listed in calendar years. Recent cases have reviewed if a design life is a promise ie an actionably duty or a mere statement of intent or desire: sinking wind turbines: a requirement for these

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