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The End of Contracts: Simple Termination Provisions to Close Deals Faster

22 Jun 2021
Adrien van den Branden, LL.M.
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Today, let's look at how we can improve the termination provisions in business contracts.

"End", "termination", "expiration"...

There's too many ways to say that a contract is no more. Keep it simple with your termination provisions and close deals faster.

1/ Terminate vs. end

Most contracts end at some point.

Yet the use of the word "end" can be confusing.

When reading "at the end of the contract", you may wrongly assume that something is happening at the literal end of the document. The word "terminate" removes all confusion.

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2/ Terminate vs. expire

"Expiration" is a form of contract termination by the passage of time.

It's tempting to use a precise term when available. However, what if you use it in combination with the word "termination" somewhere else in the contract? You'll need to draft lumbering constructions to cover both scenarios: when the contract expires and when a party terminates the contract.

So keep it simple. Use "terminate" instead of "expire".

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3/ Don’t terminate “for convenience”

Termination "for convenience" means that a party can terminate a contract for any reason whatsoever.

So why use the word that not everybody understands? Plain English will do fine here.

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That's all for today. I hope you found this piece on termination insightful.

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Over and out — Adrien

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