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The Dotted Line: What’s in a name?

On this day in 1930 the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara. I can never hear Constantinople without humming a song by They Might be Giants… Read the full edition here » Not sure wisdom is the right title for this section… but

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Sharing Data for BIM

Data-sharing is one of the 4 essentials for BIM. The National Infrastructure Commission report Data for the public good 2018 states Data can improve how our infrastructure is built, managed, and eventually decommissioned, and real-time data can inform how our infrastructure is operated on a second-to-second basis Construction projects have

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Collaboration for BIM

Collaboration is not just a key interest of mine (read my posts) but it is also one of the 4 essentials for BIM. In SCL paper D101, Ashcraft states that liability concerns have lead practitioners, and their lawyers, to contractually isolate the BIM – thus depriving the model of its

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The Dotted Line: Focus

Happy Valentine’s Day. May I be the first person to say how great you are looking today… or is that your contract that’s sooo lovable? Read the full edition here » Why is it that cakes create stronger opinions than contracts? This video is best served with a hot drink!

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4 Essentials for BIM

We need to break down the divide between the BIM ‘tech’ people and the lawyers. [Winfield Rock Report 2018] As a contract writer and construction lawyer, I confess that I have been guilty of sticking my fingers in my ears and looking at my feet whenever Building Information Modelling was

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Understanding the User Journey

Designing tools which neither reflect nor understand the user’s experience or journey is a foolish waste of time. In the Legal Creatives Academy, I was set a challenge to design a legal tool. I decided to map the payment aspects of a building project for a home-owner. I immediately drew

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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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