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The fair play book

The UK Government’s Construction Playbook has 14 key policies for reforming and modernising aspects of public sector projects (and perhaps, with luck and trickle down, the private sector too). However, it will need some robust contract tools to bring those ideas to fruition. In a series of posts, I consider

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The Dotted Line: It’s just stuff

It’s just stuff, we say as we try and sort out our junk or garage during lockdown. Some of it is ‘special stuff’ – things that remind us of specific people or memories (I confess to a mug collection). But do we really feel empathy for those objects? Read the

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Sign and then sink?

What happens you you become a customer of a business? In Bryony Thomas’ book “Watertight Marketing” she says that when you sign on the dotted line, or pop in your credit card details, it will often lead to you being sent a lengthy contract in legalese “to remind you that

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The Dotted Line: Doh!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you finally realise something that others have known for years? Like the arrow on your car’s petrol gauge that tells you which side the petrol cap is on? <Doh> Read the full edition here Unlike John Cleese pretending to fall asleep

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Risk – is your contract set in stone?

Entering into a contract is a bit like the giddy phase of getting cosied up or married — everything appears rosy and full of excited anticipation. But there’s the real risk of things going wrong if the relationship isn’t nurtured or doesn’t produce the results that you expect. Ultimately, if

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The Dotted Line: How would you feel?

A jaw-dropping birthday cake arrives at the table to gasps of appreciation. But the celebrant declines to share. How would you feel? Surprised? Disappointed? Hungry? Read the full edition here Do you love cakes more than contracts? This is one of the cakes that wasn’t eaten during the party 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VO1_z-cEaQ&ab_channel=SarahFox

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Aims – are you set up to succeed?

Frankly it has always surprised me that so many contracts lack a statement of the obvious ie what is the specific purpose or aim of the goods, works or services to be provided. Meeting expectations — and even exceeding them — can only come about by truly understanding what’s important

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Trust – does your contract show it?

The length (and contents) of your contract gives off so many first impressions to would-be clients. A contract that’s just a couple of emails risks not covering the bare minimum, and a long contract with in-depth legal stipulations may showcase a lack of trust. So what is the ‘Goldilocks measure’

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The Dotted Line: Where did it go?

“Stop SHOUTING!!” You overhear an adult yell at their kids, rolling your eyes at the irony. You conveniently forget the times you’ve told your kids to step away from their screens and read a book, despite spending all day on Zoom calls before slumping in front of the TV. Read

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