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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 10: DELAY

A Practitioner’s Guide to the Project Lifecycle

Steven Baker, Lawrence Akka and Rachel Glass

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Delay is a frequent challenge in the successful delivery of IT projects. It is also a consistent source of disputes. Chapter 10 examines whether delay alone gives rise to a right to terminate a project contract. In this context it outlines the importance of time being ‘of the essence’ and the role of a ‘reasonable’ time for performance after a deadline has passed. Finally, it considers the position of a customer which has prevented its supplier from performing on time.

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