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Contract Writing Best Practices: Utilizing Hyperlinking For Ease And Clarity

By ContractRoom on Jan 18, 2017 6:20:00 AM

Contrary to what might first appear to be the case, long, dense contracts filled with legalese are not necessarily more thorough and do not necessarily do a better job at offering legal protection than shorter, plainer contracts. In fact, long and unwieldy contracts are often harder to navigate, harder to understand, harder to control, and possibly, harder to defend in the courtroom.

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Contract Writing Best Practices: The Argument for Standardization

By ContractRoom on Jan 10, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Contract standardization has a history that is almost as long as contracts themselves. Due to the complexity of contracts as well as to the legal aspects of contracts, businesses and individuals have long used standardization practices in conjunction with all phases of the contract practice, from what contracts say to how they are presented and approved.

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Contract Writing Best Practices: Balancing Plain Language and Legalese

By ContractRoom on Nov 25, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Contracts have a well-known reputation for being dense, technical, and even completely incomprehensible–and historically, people expect contracts to be baffling fine print that can only be interpreted by attorneys.

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6 Tips for Responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals, part 2 of 2)

By ContractRoom on Nov 23, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Request for Proposals (RFPs) are, more than anything else, opportunities: opportunities to partner with a new business, opportunities to show you capabilities, and, ultimately, opportunities to grow your business. In fact, without the ability to submit accurate and engaging RFPs, you lose the ability to be a successful business.

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5 Tips for Responding to RFIs (part 1 of 2)

By ContractRoom on Nov 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A Request for Information (RFI) is utilized by agencies, businesses, and government bodies to better understand the current market conditions and to better grasp the specific capabilities of businesses that provide needed products and services. More importantly, though, RFIs are opportunities for the responders to make a great first impression on the requesting organization and show exactly what their business can do.
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Contracting as a Managed Service

By Gabriel Buigas on Nov 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Most enterprises today suffer from a sub-optimal contracting process.  It is not for lack of a lot of hard working, well intentioned legal and contracting professionals.   Achieving contracting excellence is hard.   

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5 tips for choosing and working with CROs

By Katie Cook on Oct 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We’ve written a few articles about tips for conducting clinical trials and in doing so working with CROs (clinical research organizations or contract research organizations). Here we consider 5 simple tips for selecting the best CRO for a trial and also tips for how to work with such organizations.

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2 tips for hiring and managing your in-house team as General Counsel

By Katie Cook on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

How to pick the right people for and foster and manage your in-house legal team

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* The skills required by today’s GCs - 
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4 possible disadvantages of working with a CRO

By Katie Cook on Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In a previous article we considered some of the advantages of working with clinical trial research organizations or contract research organizations (CROs).  There are also some possible disadvantages that should be weighed with the advantages when making a decision about whether to use one.  Here are 4 such points to consider.  

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How being a General Counsel has changed in recent history

By Katie Cook on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I recently wrote an article that considered the skills that are needed for being an effective General Counsel. Now let’s consider some of the ways the role and practice of General Counsel has changed over the last few decades of recent history.

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