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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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Can you rely on heads of terms?

If you don’t have a signed contract, you are creating trouble for yourself. To prove your rights and remedies, you will need to overcome various evidential hurdles to prove the 5 requirements for a contract. What happens when your carefully crafted contract is lost from a computer late at night,

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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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What is quantum meruit?

A claim for a reasonable sum (literally ‘the amount he deserves‘) is available either under an incomplete contract or on the principle of restitution or unjust enrichment in equity. Claims in contract Where there is a contract, quantum meruit applies where: no sum is agreed for the scope set out

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What is unjust about unjust enrichment?

Once your chat in a posh drinks reception is not upheld as a contract, you might want the court to consider if you are entitled to some money on the basis of ‘unjust enrichment’. A claim for unjust enrichment is not a claim in contract law, but in a much

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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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Contracts Create Disputes

The Global Construction Disputes Report 2019 (by Arcadis) confirms that failure to understand or comply with the contract is the number one cause of disputes globally. Professor Renato Nazzini, in his guest foreword says: It would be tempting to look for solutions in ever more complex, more detailed contractual documents

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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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