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The Dotted Line: Surprise! Surprise!

The recent weekend was a significant one: my partner celebrated his 50th birthday and we celebrated 25 years since I asked him to marry me. We got engaged on a rollercoaster (one of the rickety wooden ones) in Blackpool, but this edition of the Dotted Line is not about rollercoasters.

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What is legal design?

As with any new discipline, there are many ways of defining legal design. It is: A movement to make law more accessible, usable and engaging (Emma Jelley) A merger of legal and design thinking to improve processes and outcomes (Helena Haapio) Preventing legal problems and empowering the users (Stefania Passera)

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Culture change for BIM

The Cultural Impact of Implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK Construction Industry (Andrew Johnson) confirms that using BIM requires a fundamental change in working style, which is a massive cultural shift from an adversarial culture to a collaborative culture. BIM requires all project partners to: collaborate, share data,

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The Dotted Line: What are your values?

On Palm Sunday a good friend of mine, Joy Marsden, died suddenly after a very short illness. She was President of the Professional Speaking Association (I had the privilege to become a Fellow during her tenure). She was also a client. You can learn a great deal about someone’s values

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Beware time-bar provisions

Adjudication is sometimes described as a rough and ready from of speedy dispute resolution and is mandatory for certain construction contracts in the UK. Where it is mandatory it can be commenced at any time. Where the contract does not come within the mandatory statutory requirements, eg for a residential

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Lessons from failure: get your ducks in a row

Am I the only person who went into construction for the paperwork? If so, it would make a massive difference if others like you could take the time to plan and sign your contracts properly. The NBS Contracts and Law Report 2018 shows 30% of projects start without a contract

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The Dotted Line: Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, I read that the (historical) reason for the length of contracts was because lawyers were paid by the inch – so it was in a lawyer’s financial interests to use three words when one would do [read more]. Surely modern contracts shouldn’t still be like that?

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Can You Recover Delay Damages After Termination?

Construction contracts and engineering contracts take a flexible approach to completion: time is not of the essence (if they were, then when the contractor was late the client could reject the works, plant or section and pay nothing) the original dates for completion of the work, plant or sections can

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What is Practical Completion?

A recent Court of Appeal case has confirmed what I tell my workshop delegates, that practical completion is easier to recognise than define Whilst shying away from hard and fast rules, and confirming it is a matter for the contract administrator to decide, the Court said: latent defects cannot prevent

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The Dotted Line: Keep it brief

I have rifling through my Mum’s possessions – partly in the hope of finding hidden treasure such as a letter to me which explains how beloved I was – and came across hidden contract treasure. Read the full edition here » In this video I try and embody brevity when

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