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10 from 11: Don’t fill your emails with legal jargon

Continuing my look back at the most popular articles of the year, and it’s another one about legal requirements, this time This email is only intended for the recipient, which I wrote back in April. The main point I wanted to make was that all that stuff appended to emails about “accepting no liability” and the email “being for the recipient only” is all rubbish, and just serves to make your company look like it’s stuffy and scared of lawyers. The fact is that you can’t impose a contractual obligation on somebody if they haven’t negotiated it, which means that you can’t send them an email and at the same time tell them what they can and can’t do with it. So don’t bother. Really.

Read This email is only intended for the recipient, April 2011

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