Category: Legal Design

Are you ready to make digital contracts?

Rather than blinding leaping onto the digital bandwagon, STOP! Let’s consider if you are ready for or even need digital contracts. I’ve been speaking to Mo Shana’a from Morta regarding questions he asks a company to see if they are motivated to change their current ways of working. Imposed changes

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Are digital contracts legal?

There is no specific format for contracts under English law. They can be verbal, written or in any other format. Five essentials A hasty scribble on a serviette can form a legally-binding contract, providing it covers the five essential elements (English law): Offer to do something Acceptance of that offer

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What are Digital Contracts?

5000 years ago, most contracts were oral, scratched into clay tablets with a reed or laboriously transcribed onto animal skins or papyrus. In our modern, hyper-connected world – the digital age – you can create a contract in many different ways: Paper-based (hard copy) Electronic (soft copy) Digital (created, signed

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Going digital with e-signatures

Your clients no longer need to sign on the dotted line… or more accurately not with a pen. The Law Commission has recently confirmed that e-signatures are a valid means of executing contracts. No more printing, signing, scanning and emailing an attachment back to complete the steps of acceptance. All

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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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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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Create Certainty

As well as contracts needing certain terms, Tessa Manuello says that legal design is aimed at creating documents which provide certainty for users in three areas: certainty of cost certainty of process certainty of outcome Cost certainty For construction contracts, ‘certainty of cost’ means your contract should provide certainty covering

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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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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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Legal Design for User Needs

I have gone back to school – in December 2018 I joined the Legal Creatives Academy, an on-line legal design school run by Tessa Manuello. Her multi-faceted approach to legal creativity is not based on innovation for the sake of it. It is not designed primarily to save the time

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