What is “gross” when it comes to contracts?

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Seminars

English law consists of various areas of law with different theories of liability. Under the Law of Torts, there is traditionally no difference between “gross” negligence and  simple negligence: Wilson v Brett (1843) 11 M&W 113. However, under Crminal Law “gross” negligence will attract criminal liability but negligence by itself is normally not sufficient for a criminal offence. And, under Contract Law if an...

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Hurry! Masterclass on Contracts Update 2017

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 in General, Seminars

It’s that time of the year again! Some places are still available on my Masterclass Contracts Workshop Update 2017 from 8-9 December in Nürnberg. If you want to review the changes and developments in Common Law Contracts for 2017 (against the backdrop of the medieval city of Nuremberg (Nürnberg) in Advent and the world-famous Christkindlesmarkt!) , this seminar-workshop may be of interest to you. This year I will also be covering a...

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Contracts and the never-ending story of Brexit

Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General

The political, social and financial impact of the outcome of the so-called “Brexit Referendum” (with the resulting political mayhem) will no doubt continue the nightmare of uncertainty over several years, if not decades, to come. But business people have a fundamental need to “keep calm and carry on”. That must be reflected in commercial contracts. Without even really knowing at this stage what exactly...

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No offence intended, but…

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in General, Seminars

Legal work has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Not only the developing areas of  IT and IP law, human rights, data protection and privacy rights and international law have confronted us with challenges. But also how  we work. My leather desk diary has long beeen replaced by an electronic component to office software. Letters and documents sent by post are becoming very scarce. Even faxes are in rapid decline. Emails and IT data...

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Lost for Words or Lost in Words?

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Background, General

Modern legal language, especially when used in contracts, is supposed to be simple in structure and comprehensible to the parties involved. A recent case in India, reported by the BBC, shows us why. The Supreme Court apparently sent back an incomprehensible judgment from a high court judge in the state of Himachal Pradesh for re-drafting because it was simply unintelligible. Even a generous sprinkling of lawyer’s Latin in the sentences...

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