New book on law and the management of modern, complex contracts

Dr C. Haward Soper, a PhD graduate of Leicester Law School, has published his research in a new book, 'Commercial Expectations and Cooperation in Symbiotic Contracts'. The book explores the role contract and commercial managers practitioners play in the law and management of modern, complex contracts.

The book contrasts case law with an empirical study of the views of commercial and contract managers overseeing outcomes of these contracts.

In reviewing the book, Tim Cummins, president of the International Association for Commercial and Contract Management, commented on the value of the insights in answering critical challenges that have gone unanswered far too long. Tim commented, “Contracts are key to business survival. And yet, given the prevalence of contracts, isn’t it ironic how little information exists about the practical use and impact of contracts? We spend many hours in their negotiation, but does it matter? We pay extensive fees to lawyers for their preparation, but is it worthwhile? We send millions of contract managers to oversee the process of contract management, but is it effective? This book offers many thought-provoking insights into modern contracting and relationship management. It brings valuable knowledge and understanding to those who are charged with establishing agreements and making them work – so that the world is indeed ‘held together by contracts’.”

Commercial Expectations and Cooperation in Symbiotic Contracts (Publishers site)

About the author

Dr Haward Soper was a commercial/contracts specialist who worked in engineering and manufacturing for 35 years. After retirement he embarked on a PhD, graduating in 2018. Haward is now a Honorary Associate Professor of Law at Leicester.

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