Business Contracts Handbook

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Business & Economics - 415 pages
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If money is the lifeblood of business, contracts are the arteries that help carry it around the commercial body. Anyone in business is liable to have to deal with business contracts, but few are trained to do so. Even those that are trained may have experience in limited areas or in the distant past. But the right contract can make a vital difference, not just to recording and enforcing, if need be, the contract terms, but also in ensuring the agreement deals with the real issues and approaches them in a practical way. Finding help in this area is not easy, as the market tends to offer little between serious academic tomes on the one hand and student summaries geared to exams on the other. Business Contracts Handbook fills that gap, covering both the basics of contract law in an accessible style and using a thoroughly practical approach to understanding and negotiating the key terms in a business contract. If you have little prior knowledge, Charles Boundy's many years of experience in drafting and providing guidance on business agreements of all kinds will enable you to acquire a working background quickly. If you have years of experience you will still benefit from a checklist, a reminder of what is important and why, and an easy reference to up-to-date language and drafting - there is always more to learn.
 

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Contents

Contract Basics
3
Reaching and Recording Agreement
19
Planning More Complex Contracts
39
Common Contract Terms and Clauses
53
KEY LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING CONTRACTS
73
Confidentiality Privacy and Data Protection
75
Dealing with Companies and Partnerships
93
Risk Exemption Clauses and Insurance
113
Technology Contracts
273
Internetrelated Contracts
291
THE WIDER WORLD CHANGES AND BREAKDOWNS
307
The International Dimension
309
Transfers Changes and Problem Contracts
325
Contract Disputes and Remedies
345
Termination and Afterwards
363
Archaic Language and Suggested Alternatives
377

Restrictions and Competition Law
135
CONTRACTS FOR SALES AND SERVICES
161
Sales of Goods Implied Terms and Standard Terms of Business
163
Sales to Consumers and Website Sales
181
Agency and Distribution Contracts
203
Contracts for Services
219
TECHNICAL CONTRACTS
235
Outsourcing Agreements
237
Intellectual Property and IP Contracts
255
Example Shortform Product Sale Agreement
379
The Contract PlannerRolling Memorandum
381
Sample Trademark Licence
383
Sample Technology Agreement Checklist
395
Stop Press
399
List of Cases Cited
405
List of Relevant Legislation
409
Index
411
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Charles Boundy has handled a broad range of business contracts as a senior partner in a major London law practice and latterly as Group Legal Director of leading consumer book publishers, Random House. He holds a Cambridge law degree and an MPhil in Critical Management from Lancaster University Management School. He published a previous book on contract law with Gower in 1998 and has also been extensively involved in training and lecturing.

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