Legal Notice: Easter is coming! But when?

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 in Background, General

  If you are a lawyer, there are probably a couple of (legal) questions which are troubling you at the moment: 1. When exactly is Easter? You’ll have to refer to your church calendar to answer this query. English law tried to take control of this issue but was never quite successful. The Easter Act 1928 (c. 35), an Act of the UK Parliament first passed in 1928, was never implemented. The statute sought  to provide a fixed date for Easter...

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Working with dinosaurs: notwithstanding and subject to

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak

The “n-word” is still a much-loved favourite with contract drafters, even in the 21st century. But the word itself is archaic and a clear hangover from days gone by, along with many other legalese dinosaurs (hereinabove mentioned, forthwith, et al ).         A typical example of usage would be “Notwithstanding anything mentioned herein which may be construed to the contrary, the title shall not be effective until…” This means basically that the...

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Seminars: English for the Law Office

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 in General, Seminars

Do your support staff and trainees need a little help with their English? If you want your office personnel and trainees to be a bit more competent and confident when working  in English you may be interested in a new series of three one-day “mini-workshops” we have developed. The seminars are to be held over the course of this year here in Nuernberg. The first meeting is scheduled for next month on 15 April and there will be...

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What exactly are standard terms and conditions (alias “AGBs”) ?

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak

Whether you call them general terms and conditions (GTCs) or just standard terms, lawyers and those using contracts should always be acutely aware that these types of conditions will usually be treated by the law as being different to other contract provisions. Indeed, under German law standard terms (“Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen – AGBs“) have earned themselves a unique position when compared to the legal systems of most...

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