Benefits Of Contract Risk Management
In our everyday lives, we are always entering into some type of basic contract, whether we choose to recognise it or not. Something as simple as buying a coffee from the local barista demonstrates the most basic workings of a contract. I.e. The basic exchange between two parties both sharing something in common, along with specific responsibilities and rights under non-written rules with basic provisions and low stakes.
In contrast to the above basic analogy, we have contract management systems which are put in place which aim to reduce risk between two parties as they enter into a contract together. Ultimately, contract management systems help both parties, including the customer, by making the entire process easier to understand.
As many companies are more complex than selling coffee, they tend to engage in several arrangements at once. This makes it important to have a system which is legally binding rather than just a basic exchange.
Contracts tend to always follow a similar structure. They contain basic clauses which are negotiated with both parties, based on conditions suiting the needs of everyone. Before anyone commits, both parties need to look at potential danger.
Implications Of Contract Risk Management
Both parties need to review the potential effects of the contract on their own terms with either the client, opponents or the wider market in general.
There are a couple of requirements needed during implementation also. All documentation relating to expected dangers needs to be gathered. Both parties need to be aware of public dangers linked to certain types of contract before they are signed. And both parties also need to calculate an appropriate financial outcome of any suspected risks.
Reasons To Use A Contract Management Software
There are lots of reasons to use a contract risk management software over manual processes:
- Reduces chance of mistakes occurring through better procedures and methods
- Establishes better understanding of contractual obligations for both parties
- Helps save money lost through overpayment, delayed payment, litigation and labour
- Can save time rather than a manual process not using software
- ‘Parallel process‘ allows legal risk linked to certain exemptions to be reviewed
- Enables parties to make decisions about preventable risks relating to finance
- Ensures contracts have sufficient scrutiny and approval before being signed
- Flags up risks before contracts are signed
- Vulnerabilities in a contract can be checked over other contracts, allowing suitable action