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.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part 1 Creating and Writing Contracts; Chapter 1 Contract Basics; Chapter 2 Reaching and Recording Agreement; Chapter 3 Planning More Complex Contracts; Chapter 4 Common Contract Terms and Clauses; Part 2 Key Legal Issues Affecting Contracts; Chapter 5 Confidentiality, Privacy and Data Protection; Chapter 6 Dealing with Companies and Part nerships; Chapter 7 Risk, Exemption Clauses and Insurance; Chapter 8 Restrictions and Competition Law; Part 3 Contracts for Sales and Services; Chapter 9 Sales of Goods – Implied Terms and Standard Terms of Business; Chapter 10 Sales to Consumers and Website Sales; Chapter 11 Agency and Distribution Contracts; Chapter 12 Contracts for Services; Part 4 Technical Contracts; Chapter 13 Outsourcing Agreements; Chapter 14 Intellectual Property and IP Contracts; Chapter 15 Technology Contracts; Chapter 16 Internet-related Contracts; Part 5 The Wider World, Changes and Breakdowns; Chapter 17 The International Dimension; Chapter 18 Transfers, Changes and Problem Contracts; Chapter 19 Contract Disputes and Remedies; Chapter 20 Termination and Afterwards; Archaic Language and Suggested Alternatives; Example (Short-form) Product Sale Agreement; The Contract Planner/Rolling Memorandum; Sample Trademark Licence; Sample Technology Agreement Checklist; Chapter -bm1 Stop Press!;
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.
'If people who handle contracts in business read this book there would be fewer disputes over interpretation and fewer cases that unnecessarily come to court.’ - John Baldwin, Senior QC 'Everything, and more, that you could need to know about any form of contract negotiation and drafting, I can’t think of a situation that the book doesn’t cover: superb.' - Carole Blake, leading literary agent (Blake Friedmann Literary) and author of From Pitch to Publication ’An easy-to-read reference guide, it is ideal as a handy desktop aid, both for procurement professionals and those with a wider business remit...This book is well constructed and contains a wealth of very useful information...I would recommend this book as a useful reference guide for purchasing professionals.’ - Philip Dews, www.supplymanagement.com