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The Dotted Line: Game changing

Your contracts can either be a stage in your internal governance process that ticks the box marked ‘legal’ or they can manage the project and drive change. Which would you prefer? Read the full edition here You’ll need to think differently to come up with game-changing ideas… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oPh0QItq6s&feature=youtu.be

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Who wants simpler contracts?

According to recent data from World Commerce and Contracting, 48% of companies are interested in simplifying their contracts. That’s a significant minority of the whole global corporate landscape. But why? What’s wrong with complex contracts? Contractual complexity is bad for business. End of. But if you want to know the

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Role of tech in contracts

What do we want? Legal revolution. When do we want it? Um…. now? The LawTech Report 2021 confirms that technology is ‘an enabler of fundamental change in the frontline delivery of legal and court services, and a mechanism for doing things differently, setting new standards, and importantly, putting user outcomes

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‘Cut and shut’ contracts

If you’re a driver, then you may be familiar with the phrase ‘cut & shut’ which refers to two write-off vehicles being welded together to make a ‘new and improved’ model. This happens with contracts. The clauses or halves might not have been write-offs but the resulting document is surely

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Mind your language… to avoid disputes

What are the best ways to avoid disputes on construction projects? You’d fully expect me to recommend a decent contract, but don’t just take my word for it. This post reviews the 2021 Arcadis Global Disputes Report to extract the nuggets you need to avoid disputes on your projects. Tips

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The Dotted Line: How flexible are you?

Are you guilty of fixing plans too early? My in-laws’ plans for a quiet wedding in 1966 needed a tweak when England made it into the World Cup Final on their wedding day.  Do you really think we can predict the future and, if not, do we have contracts that are flexible enough to stay

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Working with 500 Words – contract FAQs

If you want to know the types of business we work with, or the work we do, please visit our general FAQs. If you want us to speak at your event or deliver an in-house workshop, please have a look at our speaking pages. As a contract writer If you

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Trust in construction

At a Constructing Excellence event, I was one of a panel debating the issue of trust in construction. We discussed these themes and challenges: trust from the public: the Grenfell tragedy and inquiry have eroded public trust; there are sector initiatives which may start to rebuild that trust but we

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Working with 500 Words – General FAQs

What would it be like to work with 500 Words? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions… Who do we work with? Our work focuses on the UK construction and engineering sector. We review/write contracts relating to construction and engineering projects, design and deliver workshops for companies in this

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A messy contract divorce

How patient are you? Frankly, I am not sure if my home was in chaos and my son was about to sit important exams, that I’d be very patient at all! But that doesn’t mean I would be contractually ‘in the right’. This lesson comes from a relatively simple refurbishment

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