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The Dotted Line: What are you putting off?

Is there a project you are putting off? Decorating the house, tidying the garage, digging your garden or redesigning your contract process? Whatever it is, sometimes it’s hard to know just where to start… Read the full edition here Instead of just one small thing (like I suggested last time),

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The Dotted Line: What are you waiting for?

This week, statues have been torn down or removed as an expression of anger at their links to slavery and racism. Often after communities endured decades of frustrating debate. But what is it that you are waiting for? What contract issue do you want to change NOW? Read the full

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The Dotted Line: Is it fair?

Will the ‘new normal’ involve a greater commitment to fairness? A recent IACCM study says that 88% of businesses think so, but will we see an increase trust and transparency, and a decrease in jargon? Read the full edition here Why am I wearing sunglasses indoors and what barriers do you intentionally

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The Ideal Subcontract

The scandal of construction, according to the Huxtable Report (1983) is: the persistent and continuing imposition as a matter of deliberate policy… of onerous and unfair subcontract conditions. An ideal subcontract, said the Report, was which set out the rights and obligations of the subcontractor as clearly as possible, was

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The Dotted Line: Oh!

According to Boris (the voice of the UK government), construction is on the naughty step! He has implied that we should have been at work all along and – accompanied by table thumping and finger wagging – we’ve been told to get off the step and go back to work. 

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Speed of digital change

The 2020 pandemic is increasing the speed of digital change in construction. At a LetsBuild webinar two-thirds of respondents said that the pandemic would accelerate increased digitalisation and investment in technology. As ‘Digital by Default: Construction After Covid-19‘ notes: …rapid change is the reality of the current COVID-19 crisis –

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Responsible and fair

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, parties have been burrowing into the depths of their small print like never before. I am not convinced this is the answer. For once, I am NOT alone! The UK government has issued guidance for parties to public sector contracts (PPN 02/2020) and

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The Dotted Line: Hahaha

The best antidote to lockdown stress? Laughter. This newsletter reminds you of the humour in contracts. Yes, really… Read the full edition here What should you sign up to? Would you like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every second Thursday? Simply enter your details here

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Demand for Digital Contracts

I have been researching how other countries are adapting to digital contracting. In Sweden, Skye Contracts promote contracting based on: speed simplicity flow They are interested in tremendous templates, clarity of thinking, data-driven decision-making as well as using processes that work for your business. As they state in their e-book:

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The Dotted Line: Have you got time?

If you find yourself with some spare (non-commuting) time – having bought enough toilet roll and cake to last a lifetime – and have settled into this new ‘normal’, here are some ideas to help you be prepared for opportunities after lockdown.  Read the full edition here If banking can

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