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The Dotted Line: It needs to change

Most contracts make your heart sink – they are devoid of personality and bland. They focus on actions not emotions. Most contracts could be sent by any anonymous global corporate. Perhaps we should change that? Read the full edition here Can your contract be a ticket of trust? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT4Z7bnjmWA

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The Dotted Line: How to innovate?

150 years ago paper bank notes were introduced in England and were signed individually… if banking can go digital, why haven’t your contracts? Read the full edition here What are you waiting for? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6oxKmLkocI

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Be user-friendly

Contracts are not often described as user-friendly… more often they are noted as being the opposite. That may be harsh if it comes from a user, but it is feedback you need to act on if it comes from a judge. Not user-friendly In Blu-Sky v Be Caring the English

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Change behaviour (with contracts?)

Trying to change embedded behaviours is difficult – it’s hard enough in children, never mind adults! When discussing contracts, do you consider how the terms and processes will affect the users? Do contracts change behaviours? Of course, the contract could just represent what the parties already do. But surely that

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The Dotted Line: Are they helpful?

Even if you don’t want to create game-changers, at the very least your contracts should be tools to help you do business. But more often, contracts are more of a hindrance than a help. Why should we and how can we change that? Read the full edition here What does

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Easy to find: structuring your contract

A contract is not just a set of legal terms. Contracts include: processes such as change management deliverables and KPIs works information programming payment schedules policies and codes of conduct A completed contract is a mix of commercial, operational, legal and technical items. The difficulty for most users is finding

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Liability linked to commitments

At a recent event, one of the delegates stated “liability has to be proportional to the commitments being made.” This is otherwise described as risk v reward. What we know – from the World Commerce and Contracting Most Negotiated Terms Report – is that limits on liability are the most

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Design for use not abuse

According to data from World Commerce and Contracting, a mere 0.007% of contracts end in serious dispute (and even fewer end in tribunal proceedings). So why do we mostly draft contracts as tools for legal enforcement and not as tools for project management? And why do we take the same

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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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