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The Dotted Line: Everyone’s doing it

Last time I said no-one was reading their contracts, and suddenly everyone is. Without treading where others fear to tread ie delving into the fine print, how could you approach this situation? Read the full edition here No such thing as a right decision Would you like to receive The

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The Dotted Line: Don’t talk about it

The first rule of Fight Club is no-one talks about Fight Club. Is then the first rule of contract club that no-one reads the rules of contract club? Read the full edition here Do you want to join my version of the Tufty Club? Would you like to receive The

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The Dotted Line: It’s obvious!

“But it’s obvious!” That’s a phrase guaranteed to make you feel stupid. Did you miss something? Is it staring right in front of you? Or does the other person know or can see something that you can’t?  What if the problem was based on assumptions? Read the full edition here The

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Are you ready to make digital contracts?

Rather than blinding leaping onto the digital bandwagon, STOP! Let’s consider if you are ready for or even need digital contracts. I’ve been speaking to Mo Shana’a from Morta regarding questions he asks a company to see if they are motivated to change their current ways of working. Imposed changes

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Are digital contracts legal?

There is no specific format for contracts under English law. They can be verbal, written or in any other format. Five essentials A hasty scribble on a serviette can form a legally-binding contract, providing it covers the five essential elements (English law): Offer to do something Acceptance of that offer

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The Dotted Line: Tempted?

Are you tempted to use your normal contracts or T&C and amend them with a little flourish, sprinkle in some terms in your favour, or by adding your favourite legalese? First read this cautionary tale… Read the full edition here How often do you change the deal? Here’s my story

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What Can a Client Recover under IChemE Red Book?

As my introductory post on IChemE sets out, there are some significant limits under the Red Book on the rights of the purchaser to recover losses. What can you do about it? This post considers the purchaser’s remedies. Remedies As the purchaser – either yourself or through the project manager

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The Dotted Line: Let’s keep it simple

Are you feeling a little too busy? How about your clients and business partners? Let’s start this year making simple contracts in just 500 words. Simple really does pays off in building trust and creating great relationships.  Read the full edition here What can you learn from a contract in

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Role of the PM under the IChemE Red Book

The role of the Project Manager under the Red Book is a balancing act (like any contract administrator). Firstly, they act as agent for the purchaser. The PM has full authority to act on behalf of the purchaser (with a few exceptions) and must act reasonably and in a timely

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Why Choose the IChemE Red Book?

The IChemE Red Book is a lump sum contract setting out general conditions for the design and building of process plant. This post discusses  some of the aspects you need to consider when choosing the Red Book as part of your contract strategy. Introducing the Red Book The Red Book

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