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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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The Dotted Line: A life-changing experience

A holiday can be a life-changing experience – and two events this summer illustrate that being stubborn and ferociously independent are not the only ingredients for success. Occasionally, we all need some people who ‘have our back’. Read the full edition here Do you hold two inherently contradictory views –

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Changing motives

One of the respondents to my survey on the future of contracts told me (rather depressingly) that No-one cares about the contract. They just want the goods… But it is actually more nuanced. There are two different motives for two distinct stages: before signature: the parties are only focused on

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Contractions in contracts

I was chatting to Jeremy who havd reviewed one of my template contracts. He was fine with its content but said he would be even less formal in his contract/proposal; in particular he would use contractions. So where I had written I will he would use I’ll. I didn’t disagree

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The Dotted Line: I’ve created a monster!

Sometimes even our good intentions get overtaken by bad experiences and we end up creating a monster, accidentally… Read the full edition here Do your contracts leave the other side delighted, slightly affronted or mistrustful? Would you like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every second

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The Dotted Line: What are you putting off?

Is there a project you are putting off? Decorating the house, tidying the garage, digging your garden or redesigning your contract process? Whatever it is, sometimes it’s hard to know just where to start… Read the full edition here Instead of just one small thing (like I suggested last time),

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The Dotted Line: What are you waiting for?

This week, statues have been torn down or removed as an expression of anger at their links to slavery and racism. Often after communities endured decades of frustrating debate. But what is it that you are waiting for? What contract issue do you want to change NOW? Read the full

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Trust and the wrong tone

Dominic Cummings, a UK Government advisor, was outed for an ill-conceived trip to Barnard Castle during the Spring 2020 lockdown (a place which ought to be famous for its mechanical silver swan rather than policital shenanigans). In his statement, he made a series of increasingly bizarre claims about testing his

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The Dotted Line: Is it fair?

Will the ‘new normal’ involve a greater commitment to fairness? A recent IACCM study says that 88% of businesses think so, but will we see an increase trust and transparency, and a decrease in jargon? Read the full edition here Why am I wearing sunglasses indoors and what barriers do you intentionally

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The Ideal Subcontract

The scandal of construction, according to the Huxtable Report (1983) is: the persistent and continuing imposition as a matter of deliberate policy… of onerous and unfair subcontract conditions. An ideal subcontract, said the Report, was which set out the rights and obligations of the subcontractor as clearly as possible, was

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