So which is best do you think? A 3 page contract or a 300 page one? We have come across both, but opinion is often divided over which is best (clients tend to prefer the 3 page option at first but thank us for the extra bits later).
But, how long does a contract really need to be?
As an absolute minimum a contract needs to include (clearly and with no room for misunderstanding):
The danger of overly brief contracts is that there may well be legislation that will fill in the gaps for you, and they may bear no resemblance to the position you were contemplating at the outset. On the flip side there is little point having a 500 page document that you struggle to understand how to apply in practice.
So the long and the short of it is that a contract that you and your solicitor eventually agree on will be a little bit longer than you would like, but a little bit shorter than he would!
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