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    Question Legal English

    A contact in this Law refers to an agreement establishing, modifying and terminating the civil rights and obligations between subjects of equal footing, that is, between natural persons, legal persons or other organizations
    Source: PRC Contract Law (China)

    Q1. I would write "on a equal footing" to replace "of equal footing". Am I wrong?

    Q2. Does this clause refer to a contract is not legalised if it is between a legal person and a natural person? I think they are not on an equal footing.

    I think an employee belongs to the concept of "natural person", and a company belongs to the concept of "legal person". If so, why do people sign employment contract?

    Many thanks!

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    - I don't have any problem involved in myself.
    - The defintions:

    1 legal person
    Legal person - definition of Legal person by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    2 natural person
    Natural person - definition of Natural person by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Default Re: Legal English

    1 Yes, you probably could, but there is a slight change in meaning to me- 'on an equal footing' suggest to me that some sort of comparison or measurement has been made to establish this. A natural person can enter into a contract with a legal person and the idea of a legal person, as I understand it, is to raise the status of the entity to be at a level where it can be treated as a person and make contracts, sue, etc, with the obvious restrictions such as not being able to marry.
    (Not a lawyer)

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    Default Re: Legal English

    Hello Tdol,

    Thank you for your comment. Don't worry! I don't have any problems involved in law issues.

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