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The Dotted Line: Bonkers

Have you ever watched someone make proper coffee or cook an omelette and wondered why they do it like that? Bonkers, huh? It’s amazing how we form idiosyncratic habits and then simply never question them. Read the full edition here What characterises a document which is designed to be used

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The Dotted Line: It’s that time of year…

If you crave something warm, traditional and silly, here is my Christmas letter of intent – fully updated for the madness that is, and has been, 2020: Read the full edition here Would you like to receive The Dotted Line directly to your email inbox every second Thursday? Simply enter

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The Dotted Line: It’s just stuff

It’s just stuff, we say as we try and sort out our junk or garage during lockdown. Some of it is ‘special stuff’ – things that remind us of specific people or memories (I confess to a mug collection). But do we really feel empathy for those objects? Read the

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The Dotted Line: Doh!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you finally realise something that others have known for years? Like the arrow on your car’s petrol gauge that tells you which side the petrol cap is on? <Doh> Read the full edition here Unlike John Cleese pretending to fall asleep

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The Dotted Line: How would you feel?

A jaw-dropping birthday cake arrives at the table to gasps of appreciation. But the celebrant declines to share. How would you feel? Surprised? Disappointed? Hungry? Read the full edition here Do you love cakes more than contracts? This is one of the cakes that wasn’t eaten during the party 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VO1_z-cEaQ&ab_channel=SarahFox

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The Dotted Line: Where did it go?

“Stop SHOUTING!!” You overhear an adult yell at their kids, rolling your eyes at the irony. You conveniently forget the times you’ve told your kids to step away from their screens and read a book, despite spending all day on Zoom calls before slumping in front of the TV. Read

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Traps in T&C

There’s a certain honesty in this tick box: From a UX perspective, the lack of a link to the terms and conditions is an own goal – ironically, the page was part of the voting form for the Women in Legal Tech awards. According to research (New York Times) less

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Right to Finish Part 2

Do you really want to sign up to a contract that allows your client (or the main contractor) to keep taking work away from you and giving it to someone else? Contracts both entitle and oblige the provider to perform the whole of its scope – what I call a

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The Dotted Line: I won’t waste your time

Ever wondered why my Dotted Lines are short? Because I think your time is important and I don’t want to waste it! Not everyone agrees… Read the full edition here If you think law is the worst offender, watch out for a corker of a tongue-twister from the US military:

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Retention as Leverage

What is the retention? Is it, as I have suggested, the contractor’s money which the employer is holding to ransom? Is it security for any defects discovered during the defects period which the contractor fails to put right? Is it a form of commercial leverage? In Yeovil v The Stepping

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