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Professional & Trade Terms & Conditions

November 2009

In any business transaction it is crucial that both parties are fully aware of their rights and obligations. Communicating this information verbally is rarely sufficient. A well drafted set of terms and conditions always ensures that both parties understand the nature of the transaction and that nobody will be caught unawares.

Clear terms of business are also very useful when disputes arise. If the terms of a contract are only communicated verbally a dispute will generally be nothing more than one party's word against the other's. Written terms and conditions should clearly set out all relevant details, leaving nothing open to interpretation or doubt if a dispute arises. Disputes will generally be settled quickly, efficiently and - most importantly for all concerned - cheaply.

This new set of terms and conditions has been designed specifically for tradespeople, covering a wide variety of popular trades. Each document has been written with simplicity and clarity in mind and is designed to be included in a document such as a quotation or for display on a website.

Each document is available in two versions, a "home" (or business to consumer) version and a "business" (or business to business) version. Both versions contain the same substantive elements, with several differences in defined terms, obligations and dispute resolution, making each version more suitable for the target customer.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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