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The Dotted Line: Majestic dolphins

Instead of some strained link to this weekend’s jaw-dropping sport, I am offering a little light relief in the guise of more tales from my building projects. You’ve heard about my windows contract [if not, here’s the link], now let’s consider my bathroom contract… Read the full edition here What else

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The Dotted Line: Fed up?

Are you fed up with all the hype about blockchain, cyptocurrency and smart contracts? Or are you investing your pension in bitcoin and making yourself rich beyond your wildest dreams? This newsletter brings my good old-fashioned pragmatism to the smart contract debate. Read the full edition here » What processes

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The Dotted Line: Let me go!

My youngest son is a walking encyclopaedia of football knowledge, especially about Manchester City FC and (currently) the to-ings and fro-ings of players. Even if – like me – you find the transfer window exceedingly dull, bear with me to learn some quick contract lessons. Read the full edition here

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The Dotted Line: Anything? Almost…

You can agree to almost anything in your contracts… in theory. However, laws can interfere with that freedom. Just because a term is written into a contract doesn’t mean you are bound by it. Let’s demonstrate this with a real life example: my recent windows contract (which as you’ll know from last time, I did read). Read the full

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The Dotted Line: No. No. No. No. No.

The surveyor arrived to check our measurements and handed me an envelope, with an embarrassed shrug, saying ‘It’s just your contract. You don’t need to read it or do anything with it.’ No. No. No. No. No. We might only be replacing our misted double glazing with triple glazing (a

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What Is User-Centred Law?

A key aspect of legal design, is the concept of user-centred law. As Tessa Manuello says ‘Most legal service delivery has been designed for a world that no longer exists‘. User-centred law adapts existing legal services and systems to meet the users’ needs, rather than trying to adapt users to

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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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