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Limited guarantees

The Scottish appeal court has recently agreed with something I have been asserting for years, that a collateral warranty is impliedly limited by the scope and terms of the underlying agreement. What is a warranty? A warranty is a simple document designed to create contractual links between the provider of

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The Dotted Line: Why bother?

Ever wondered why you bother? As a contract writer, I know most people do not love their contracts. Mostly because their creation feels like a necessary evil, with zero relevance to your commercial aims or values. Let me explain… Read the full edition here Is it really possible to create

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Going digital with e-signatures

Your clients no longer need to sign on the dotted line… or more accurately not with a pen. The Law Commission has recently confirmed that e-signatures are a valid means of executing contracts. No more printing, signing, scanning and emailing an attachment back to complete the steps of acceptance. All

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The Dotted Line: Paradigm or Paranoia?

The store of bad contracts never seems to run dry. This week, my twin sister sent me one from a removals firm, based on a 2014 standard issued by the British Association of Removers. Here’s what you can learn from it.  Read the full edition here Just because your clients

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The Dotted Line: Time to reflect

After the summer, I often find myself in reflective mood. Social media is full of pictures of kids starting a new term (mine studiously avoid having their photos taken and would sue me if I shared without their permission!). This newsletter is promoted by reflections on my late mum and

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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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