agreement

/Tag:agreement

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

You are in discussions with a potential investor, a potential joint venture partner, licensee or distributor of your intellectual property.  Protecting your intellectual property is critical.  Can you trust them?  Will they walk away with your intellectual property?  How do [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

Competition Law and Joint Ventures

What happens when a group of businesses that all sell the same thing, e.g. bread, get together and decide that they will all charge the same price for bread? Well, the consumer is forced to pay this price because there [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Company Law|Tags: , , |

Joint Venture Partnerships

Partnerships are legal relationships which are based on contracts where two or more people (or companies) agree to carry on business together with the object of making and sharing profits. Partnerships generally involve an ongoing business relationship. Joint venture partnerships [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Company Law|Tags: , |

Using Track Changes for Agreements

Using track changes for agreements is a useful way of negotiating changes to agreements electronically. However, there are some critical points to keep in mind when using this tool. The golden rule is that you must ensure the other party [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , , |

A Modular Approach to Drafting Documents

We often recommend and use a modular approach to drafting documents (like IT contracts, agreements and policies). Akin to building a document out of lego blocks. Not always, but often. It does not suit every agreement nor every offering. We find [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , , , , |

Is a Witness Signature required on a Contract or Agreement?

Clients often ask us whether a witness needs to sign an agreement? Is a witness signature required? What are the rules for a contract witness? There are often two spaces on agreements for a witness to sign in addition to [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|Categories: Electronic Signature Law|Tags: , , |

Horrible Documents: Bad Legal Writing

Horrible documents and bad legal writing crosses my computer screen every day. The same old templates get re-used and circulated over and over, whether they’re agreements, IT contracts, lease agreements or anything else. We believe that legal documents should be beautiful. [...]

By | August 5th, 2014|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , , |

Reasonable efforts: what is the standard?

We often get asked what the difference is between "reasonable efforts" and "best efforts".  Sometimes they are referred to as "reasonable endeavours" or "best endeavours".  It is often a sticking point in the negotiation of agreements and sometimes causes disputes.  [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , |

Plain language, consumerism and reform of South African contract law

Congratulations to Esti Louw on the publishing of her book. How the plain language movement and contextualism has reshaped the drafting and interpretation of contracts.   When looking at the history and development of the plain language movement and the [...]

By | July 23rd, 2012|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , |

Is an NDA Worth the Paper it is Written on?

There is a trend for people to demand the signing of confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDAs).  An NDA is useful: when someone needs access to an organisations confidential information or trade secrets, for example for the purpose of preliminary discussions and evaluations; where [...]

By | May 21st, 2012|Categories: IT Contracts|Tags: , , |