Construction law knowhow by David Lewis
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...
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...