Category: Write

Thinking Time

Every professional writer knows that [a] period of just-sitting-and-thinking between legwork and outline is the most important part of the whole writing process Rudolph Flesch, Art of Readable Writing As busy professionals we rarely have time to stop and think. But using your subconscious to create order from the wealth

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Delete Stilted Writing

It is time to banish stilted language from your (legal) writing. It serves no-one, especially not your client. If you need more persuading, read these words of wisdom from commentators, experts and judges: In legal writing, jargon consists mostly of stilted words and phrases — blemishes, not graces — such

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Can You Cancel?

Imagine your business relationship is like a romantic relationship. It starts off well with promises (sometimes slightly exaggerated) on either side, enthusiasm, trust and hope, and slowly you develop some ground rules for working together harmoniously  (aka a contract). However rose-tinted your spectacles are, a small part of you knows

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What’s the Problem You Solve?

A contract, whether it is a multi-million pound construction project, a structural survey on a house you were buying, or the design of your porch, is there to solve a client’s problem. Client’s don’t buy drills, they buy a tool to help them create holes. Client’s don’t buy porches, they

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Lessons from Failure: Use Simple Effective Terms

If you are writing a contract, you should really make sure that its terms are simple and effective. You need to ask: do both parties understand what it does? what is it meant to do? does it actually do? when would it apply? how does it transfer risk? Lessons from

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Making Up For Poor Contract Process?

Getting a contract in place before you provide works, goods, or services is not something the UK construction industry is great at (roughly one-third of projects start without any contract). But I expect more of the companies that sell a simple off-the-shelf product. So when I bought my recent JCT

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Write Your Contract: In Just 500 Words

Many years ago, I sat in Ed’s diner at Euston Station (London) waiting for my train. I was chatting to my sister and she challenged me to write a contract in just 500 words. In a rash moment I agreed, and being a woman of my word, I had to

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Bare Minimum for a Contract

There are five legal essentials for a contract in English law: Offer: a promise to do something Acceptance: a nod, handshake, email or other action which accepts that offer (it has to be a ‘yes‘ (or ‘hell, yes‘) rather than a ‘yes, but…‘) Consideration: price, exchanged services or anything of

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What Is Your Purpose for Your Letter of Intent?

The main problem for writers of letters of intent is that they don’t ask why the parties are using a letter of intent. You may not need a letter of intent at all. What’s Your Purpose? Is the purpose of your letter to … award the contract for the works

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Improve Your Contract Writing Skills

Everyone prefers plain language – your clients expect and want it from their advisers, their business partners, their regulatory authorities and also from their lawyers. But the skills to write plainly are uncommon, and the tools and techniques need to be learnt and practiced (and bad habits erased). Bad Habits

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