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General

The Missing Comma

The Missing Comma- and what it can cost you ! Sometime ago I wrote about the importance of precise and correct drafting, including correct usage of words. You can find that article at : Or via LinkedIn at: Found an example of what imprecise drafting can lead to. Here , a missing comma cost a company about US Dollars Five Million !! The case is an example of an 'Oxford Comma'. So , firstly what is an 'Oxford Comma' ? It is a comma that precedes "and" or "or" in a list of three or more words in a sentence. For…
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General

Legal Drafting

Reviewing another contract of a client, I was reminded yet again of the absolute criticality of correct legal drafting. Even a small mistake can make a huge difference. And maybe discovered when it is too late. A draft when agreed and signed upon is a legal document. Any mistakes in it- and some may be too small to be easily detected - can have huge consequences later.  For example, 'demure' and 'demur' both will not be flagged by your personal computer. But perhaps only one is right for legal drafting ! Yet I see many contracts with the other :-)…
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Consumer

Long, Long, Looooong Road to Justice, Indian Ishtyle !

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied ! Justice Delayed is Justice Denied - so said Gladstone, and oft repeated by all the Wise (w0)men ! But there is Law,there are Lawyers and then there is the Complainant who hardly has any knowledge of law,except that he has been wronged and a law exists, hopefully to help him. Here is what happens. An example of a personal experience at a Consumer Court , repeated innumerable times in Indian Courts, I am sure. See carefully the attempts made. So that you can be forewarned what can / may happen in Courts. Who is…
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Civil

Recording of Court Proceedings

Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done .. is oft repeated. And indeed Justice is supposed to be done in public.  Unless decided by the Court to be an " in camera " trial, one can simply visit the Court and watch the proceedings. Even Court Records - submissions by different parties and then the final judgement - is supposed to be Public and accessible to anyone. In Theory. Come the Digital Era then, the logical next step would have been recording of Court proceedings. And indeed the more advanced countries seem to…
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