Employment Contract


Finding the right team for your startup can play a crucial role in the success of your venture. A written employment contract is the best way of protecting the interests of both your and your employees and will establish the terms of the engagement. Although their significance is sometimes overlooked, employment contracts are an important […]

Deed of Release


The Deed of Release is one of the most adaptable documents in any legal tool box. It usually is a brief, but carefully targeted, document used to either bring a dispute to an end or to prevent one from ever arising. Such a document could be used to evidence the settlement ‘deal’ between the parties. […]

Anatomy Basics


 Describing the anatomy of legal documents is an inherently difficult task that is fraught with complexity and exceptions. What is true for some documents may be incorrect or inapplicable for others. The law that applies in various jurisdictions will also be a factor influencing diversity. My comments are general observations. They must be tempered with […]

Interpretation Boilerplate


It is standard practice to include a number of general ‘interpretation’ provisions in any legal document. They are often placed at the front of the document and boilerplate provisions that address standard legal terms are usually included at the back of the contract. The core commercial terms are set out in the body of the […]

Shareholder Agreement


Tips on Building a Strong Shareholder Agreement A Shareholder Agreement is akin to a pre-nuptial agreement. It is worth putting the time and effort into the document to ensure you know what it says. It is a usual document because nobody much cares what it says until there is a crisis. Before that it sits ignored […]

Boilerplate Clauses


How to Write a Solid Business Contract It is standard practice to include a number of general provisions in any legal document. Given their common use and function they are often referred to as boilerplate clauses. It is common practice to place these more fundamental legal clauses at the back of the document while ‘interpretation’ […]

Deed of Confidentiality


As stated in Terminology Made Simple, documents that protect confidentiality are referred to by a number of names, but they are essentially the same document: Deed of Confidentiality, Non-Disclosure Deed or Confidentiality Agreement. It is prudent to execute the document as a deed rather than an agreement as that avoids any concerns over the possible […]