Any of you suffer from paranoid corporate lawyers? BJ’s written before about legal disclaimers that create entirely the wrong impression at the outset of the document – the sort of thing which, when paraphrased, probably reads to the customer as:
“We do not trust you. We think you will steal our ideas. And no matter how much this document talks about ‘partnership’, remember that our legal team are always lurking menacingly in the shadows.”
First up, an ITT question: “Please indicate your process for responding to proposals or quotations.”
The answer, submitted to the proposal team by their company lawyer: “We do not provide quotations or proposals”.
“This document is not an offer, nor does any part of it represent an offer and nor does anything which may be construed as an offer constitute an offer of any form.”