Category: Contracts

Why risk it?

Do you know your place? According to the English courts, the very idea that a sophisticated contract was negotiated with the host of a posh drinks reception at the Wallace Collection, London would have been ‘socially dysfunctional and commercially inappropriate‘. A company specialisting in advice for mergers and acquisitions (Moorgate

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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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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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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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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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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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Tried and Tested

Do you want a tried and tested contract? Really? Tried before the courts because it wasn’t clear enough? Tested by years of use and abuse [read Ken Adams’ view on tested language in contracts]? One of those contracts which surveys have held stoke mistrust? Or one of the ones which

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What No Retention?

Retention has had its day… Unjustified late and non-payment of a retention is unacceptable BEIS Report October 2017 Or perhaps that is wishful thinking? Build UK is implementing the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter to move to zero retentions by 2025 (although some more enlightened employers like Network Rail have

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What Have You Forgotten?

When you write your own contract (possibly cobbling together clauses and copying and pasting paragraphs from other contracts, the internet or elsewhere) you may find that you haven’t actually covered all the essentials. I have worked with a few companies in the construction industry who have created their own contract

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What Is User-Centred Law?

A key aspect of legal design, is the concept of user-centred law. As Tessa Manuello says ‘Most legal service delivery has been designed for a world that no longer exists‘. User-centred law adapts existing legal services and systems to meet the users’ needs, rather than trying to adapt users to

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