Malarkey 23 December 2008 Thanks for all your encouraging comments and thoughts. @Micheil: “One thing I did pick up on though was in the 2nd section, after the list, you’ve got “Stiff and Nonsense”.. might want to correct that ;)” — @andi farr got that right. It’s all part of the hard boiled theme. @Aaron Russell: “Is there a danger that an informal approach like this – whilst making the contract process easier-going for the majority of your clients – actually might leave you open to risk from the small minority of problem-clients?” — Not in my experience, but I’m no dick or flat-foot. As @drewm pointed out, you should always have your contracts looked over by your lawyer. @Kevin Davies: “One important piece of advice the law firm gave me is to make sure my contract is the last documented agreement on the issue. If I raise a contract which is signed, and they then raise a purchase order for me to work to, it may be I’m legally obliged to work to my client’s terms rather than mine.” — Now that is an incredibly useful thing to know (I didn’t). @John Faulds: “Do you ever find that the familiar language of the contract leads some to think they don’t need to take it as seriously as one written in a more legalese style?” — Never happened to me. Clients small and large have always understood it, accepted it (sometimes with specific clauses altered) and it made them laugh too. Never a bad thing. @Ryan Merrill: “Have you had any horror stories with people trying to break this contract?” — Not really. I find that the clearer that you make things sound, the less room for misinterpretation there is and fewer possibilities for people to act like snakes.