This book is written by three commercial lawyers. Their clients often ask them as much for help in getting out of a contract as in getting them into one in the first place. Built around two business case studies, the book highlights the various legal issues that a business must address when faced with a contract it wants to walk away from. In the first instance the business needs to discover whether it is as shackled by a contract as it thinks it is. In many cases a contract is not as binding as it might initially appear - Getting Out of a Contract explains the circumstances in which this applies. It then goes on to explore how to minimize the damage should the agreement be inescapable and helps the reader to understand what the consequences of any actions might be. Written in plain English, the authors manage to demystify complicated aspects of English law for the non-lawyer. This book will help managers to: ¢ address how they make contracts; ¢ avoid making wrong decisions because they fail to appreciate what contracts they actually have or how to get round them; ¢ become more attuned to the legal ins and outs of contracts, enabling them to use lawyers more cost-effectively Company secretaries, finance directors and managers at all levels will find Getting Out of a Contract accessible and an invaluable business planning tool.
Adam Rose, David Leibowitz and Adrian Magnus are solicitors and partners at City of London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Their daily work covers commercial contracts, commercial disputes and competition law. Between them, they have some 40 years of professional experience, advising businesses of all sizes on their contracts.
’I think that a refresher is always useful and this book does approach procurement problems from a new perspective.’ Supply Management ’What this book does achieve, and rather well at that, is a concise, no nonsense, plain-English introduction to the law of contract for those with no formal legal training. It takes the reader through the basics of a complex area of the law of England and Wales, but in a readily understood and easily digested form.’ Building Engineer 'Getting Out of a Contract is no dull and worthy volume destined to spend its life as a doorstop in the company secretary's office. It addresses the subject in a straightforward manner easily comprehensible to the non-lawyer ... refreshingly free of legalese and works well as a practical guide for the business person who wants to be shot of an unwanted contract ... Locked in an unprofitable contract? Got an equipment supplier who is relying on unfair terms to force you to buy spare parts and servicing from him? Feel you have been misled in the conduct of your negotiations? This book covers all these situations ... it is a straightforward read that assumes little prior legal knowledge. That alone makes it an invaluable addition to the chief executive's bookcase.' Sunday Business 'Given that your contracts represent your commitments, a book of this kind might just be the first thing you turn to in the event of a crisis.' Mind Your Own Business 'Written in plain English, it manages to demystify complicated aspects of English law for the non-lawyer ... Company secretaries, finance directors and managers at all levels will find Getting Out of a Contract an invaluable and accessible business planning tool.' ASI Journal 'What this book does achieve, and rather well at that, is a concise, no nonsense, plain-English introduction to the law of contract for those with no formal legal training.' Building Engineer 'I found this book to be interesting, easy to follow and very well laid out