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IT Contracts and Dispute Management

A Practitioner’s Guide to the Project Lifecycle

Steven Baker, Lawrence Akka and Rachel Glass

IT Contracts and Dispute Management addresses the law relating to technology projects and the practical, procedural and legal issues which arise at each stage. The authors draw on extensive personal experience of successfully managing IT project disputes from their initial stage through to resolution through a range of dispute resolution mechanisms. Being the only published work in this area relating to English law, the book will be a valuable resource to lawyers acting in connection with procuring an IT project or advising clients on avoidance and resolution of IT project disputes.
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Chapter 3: CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND PROJECT METHODOLOGY

A Practitioner’s Guide to the Project Lifecycle

Steven Baker, Lawrence Akka and Rachel Glass

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A frequently overlooked risk in technology projects is to ensure appropriate and complete contractual drafting and to avoid internally inconsistent or incomplete contractual documents. This chapter considers how to mitigate such risk, taking into account different development models and common mistakes of contracting parties. It also analyses the requirements for complete and effective agreements, whether or not executed by the parties and when and how the courts might uphold incomplete agreements.

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