Month: January 2019

The Dotted Line: What do you expect?

It’s the end of January, there is a smattering of snow in my Cheshire garden, plenty of New Year’s resolutions are already history, and a smattering of good intentions when it comes to contracts are simply gathering dust on a shelf. Read the full edition here » You might be

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Legal Design – Visuals in Contracts

Legal design in legal documents – such as contracts – is central critical to proactive and preventative law. I am learning more about the process in the Legal Creatives Academy, an on-line legal design school run by Tessa Manuello. Visuals covers a wide spectrum of items: images, icons, photographs, illustrations,

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Frustration

Legal Frustration There is a English legal doctrine called frustration. It acts to bring a contract prospectively to an end because of the effect of a supervening event ie it ends the contract early. It requires the law to recognise that: without default of either party a contractual duty is

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The Dotted Line: Think of the impact

Do you ever stop to think about the emotional impact your contract creates on the recipient? During the festive break, my mum died and I have been bombarded with decisions, contracts, legal jargon and paperwork to read and sign… all at a time when I am already an emotional wreck.

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On a Mission

As it says on my website (it used to called my manifesto) “We believe that what you need & want from your contracts is not what you get. We believe: You should only sign contracts on the dotted line when you can read, understand and use them. You can write

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Legal Design for User Needs

I have gone back to school – in December 2018 I joined the Legal Creatives Academy, an on-line legal design school run by Tessa Manuello. Her multi-faceted approach to legal creativity is not based on innovation for the sake of it. It is not designed primarily to save the time

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The Dotted Line: What do you mean?

In January there is a rash of articles explaining how the construction industry will do things differently in 2019. Most of them will be talk without action. So here’s my handy guide to reading between the lines of those promises… Read the full edition here » If we want to

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Review Your Contract: Trust

A few years ago, I was speaking to an audience at an RICS event and someone asked how he should proceed to write a contract if he didn’t trust ‘them’ (also known as ‘the other side’). I was momentarily stunned into silence – a rare and unusual occurrence for me!

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