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The Dotted Line: Shocking

Ever woken up from a faint or in a hotel bedroom and experienced the shock of not knowing where you were? You are puzzled and confused until your brain solves the riddle of where you are versus where you thought you were. Read the full edition here How can you avoid missing

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The Dotted Line: A life-changing experience

A holiday can be a life-changing experience – and two events this summer illustrate that being stubborn and ferociously independent are not the only ingredients for success. Occasionally, we all need some people who ‘have our back’. Read the full edition here Do you hold two inherently contradictory views –

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Contractions in contracts

I was chatting to Jeremy who havd reviewed one of my template contracts. He was fine with its content but said he would be even less formal in his contract/proposal; in particular he would use contractions. So where I had written I will he would use I’ll. I didn’t disagree

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The Dotted Line: I’ve created a monster!

Sometimes even our good intentions get overtaken by bad experiences and we end up creating a monster, accidentally… Read the full edition here Do your contracts leave the other side delighted, slightly affronted or mistrustful? Would you like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every second

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The Dotted Line: What are you putting off?

Is there a project you are putting off? Decorating the house, tidying the garage, digging your garden or redesigning your contract process? Whatever it is, sometimes it’s hard to know just where to start… Read the full edition here Instead of just one small thing (like I suggested last time),

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The Dotted Line: What are you waiting for?

This week, statues have been torn down or removed as an expression of anger at their links to slavery and racism. Often after communities endured decades of frustrating debate. But what is it that you are waiting for? What contract issue do you want to change NOW? Read the full

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The Dotted Line: Is it fair?

Will the ‘new normal’ involve a greater commitment to fairness? A recent IACCM study says that 88% of businesses think so, but will we see an increase trust and transparency, and a decrease in jargon? Read the full edition here Why am I wearing sunglasses indoors and what barriers do you intentionally

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The Ideal Subcontract

The scandal of construction, according to the Huxtable Report (1983) is: the persistent and continuing imposition as a matter of deliberate policy… of onerous and unfair subcontract conditions. An ideal subcontract, said the Report, was which set out the rights and obligations of the subcontractor as clearly as possible, was

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The Dotted Line: Oh!

According to Boris (the voice of the UK government), construction is on the naughty step! He has implied that we should have been at work all along and – accompanied by table thumping and finger wagging – we’ve been told to get off the step and go back to work. 

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Responsible and fair

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, parties have been burrowing into the depths of their small print like never before. I am not convinced this is the answer. For once, I am NOT alone! The UK government has issued guidance for parties to public sector contracts (PPN 02/2020) and

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