Meaning of “and/or” in contract terms

A Wisconsin litigant argued that the “and” in “and/or”, in the terms of an insurance policy, meant he was covered for skiing unless all 3 of these conditions were met: “no cover provided whilst skiing in violation of applicable laws, rules or regulations; away from...

And/or: a sign of unskilled drafting

In the Court of Appeal last month, Lord Justice Mummery blamed poor drafting for giving the court an interpretation problem. Specifically, the drafter who wrote “unless otherwise agreed and/or requested by the Purchaser …” had failed to identify what the...

Convoluted prolix disciplinary charges criticised

The High Court reviewed a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The court quoted two of the charges brought against the solicitor: a 92-word sentence beginning “They failed, alternatively facilitated, permitted or acquiesced in a failure …”. a 114-word...
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