Construction law knowhow by David Lewis

Legal drafting

30/05/2010 18:59

Pursuant to the provisions

I feel a rant coming on. This time it’s a reprise of my long-standing obsession about the prolixity of legal drafting. The days when lawyers were paid by the folio are long past. (A folio, by the way, was 72 words; don’t ask me why.)  So why double the length of every clause for...
30/05/2010 18:11

Under and in accordance with the provisions of ...

Acting for a developer on one of his projects, I came across a lengthy and obscure clause in an appointment drafted by his architects (or, more likely, their solicitors).  I would describe it as a “bespoke” draft, because it didn’t come from any standard precedent that I’m aware...

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