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Law for Project Managers

2nd Edition

By David Wright

© 2018 – Routledge

136 pages

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Description

Law for Project Managers provides an easily understandable and practical guide to the laws of contract, liability, intellectual property and so on, entirely from the perspective of the project manager. It will enable you to approach projects forewarned and forearmed, able to avoid potential legal problems altogether.

The book covers everything from intellectual property disputes with the client organisation about who actually 'owns' the outcome, to confusion arising during an international project from the different legal systems and their approach to contracts and health and safety problems in the management of contractors. Most importantly, it explains everything in very straightforward terms; legal jargon is either avoided altogether or defined with its relevance to the project manager explained.

In essence, Law for Project Managers is a clear, readable and expert guide on this and many other important legal matters for the practising project manager as well as a supplementary text for post- or undergraduate students studying the commercial aspects of law, contracting and project management.

Table of Contents

PART 1 – GENERAL

  1. The law’s approach
  2. Law is about relationships

    Legal systems

    Law and companies

  3. The Contract
  4. The real world

    The basic principles

    A practical approach

    PART II – THE ORIGINS OF LAW

  5. Law in the UK
  6. A summary

    Law made by legislation

    What legislation means

    Law made by judges

    Keeping up to date

  7. European Union law
  8. An introduction to the EU

    The organisation

    How the EU makes law

    PART III – CONTRACT LAW

  9. How contracts are made
  10. Introduction

    The requirements for a contract

    Offer and acceptance

    Putting it in writing

    Agency and the commercial organisation

  11. The Letter of Intent
  12. What is a Letter of Intent

    The preliminary contract

    Authorisation to start work

    A cautionary tale

  13. The meanings behind the words
  14. The problem of words

    The role of terms

    Civil law

    Interpretation

    The principles in practice

  15. Lateness Specifications and Defects
  16. Liability for lateness

    The specification

    Liability for defective work and equipment

    Excluding and limiting liability

  17. The Law of Breach
  18. Contract termination

    Remedies for breach

    Civil law

    PART IV – USING THE LAWYERS

     

  19. Using the professionals
  20. The rules

    Finding advice

    Preparing for dispute

  21. Disputes
  22. Fairness in law

    Methods of resolving disputes

    Other countries

     

    PART V – LIABILITY LAW

  23. Negligence
  24. The law of tort

    The principles of liability for negligence

    Civil law

  25. Liability for Escapes
  26. Corporate and personal liability

    Strict liability for creating a hazard

    Nuisance liability

    PART VI – OTHER TOPICS

  27. Intellectual Property
  28. Introduction

    The patent

    Design rights

    Copyright

    Knowhow

    The consequences

  29. Forms of Security
  30. Assets as security

    Sureties and bonds

  31. Exporting and Importing

The letter of credit

The negotiable instrument

The world system

Shipping terms

About the Author

David Wright is an independent consultant, specialising in project management and engineering. He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in the process industry and has author and contributed to a number of books, including The Purple Book, the standard guide to the ICHEME conditions of contract.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS101000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
LAW014010
LAW / Commercial / International Trade
LAW021000
LAW / Contracts