Category: TLC

Everyone Prefers Simplicity

Christopher Trudeau (and Christine Cawthorne) have repeated their 2010 study of preferences in legal documents and communication to find out how lawyers can better serve their clients and the wider community. The conclusions? Their 2017 report says: clear legal communication is vitally important legal information is very widespread (with 80%

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Contracts: Classic Cognitive Overload

Have you ever read something for a particular interest or need, and realised it applied to your pet topic? That’s what’s happening as I read Presentation Genius by Simon Raybould. Although it’s about how you can become a presentation genius, it has plenty of applications to contracts. This post looks

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Needless Long Words

I have read dozens of academic papers, I am often struck by how they morph into technical jargon and long words. I was told by one lecturer that they have to be impenetrable “it’s what’s expected”! Heck, I even wrote one myself on limits and incentives in letters of intent

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Digital Contracts: Conduct

My talk at the 2017 CoMIT Conference (read the live blog) drew parallels between banking and construction because banking was based on trust (hence the term ‘rich as Croesus’ as he mastered the art of trustworthy coins as tools to stimulate commerce in Lydia). The former chair of JCT said

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Digital Contracts: Language

Although 86% of the audience at the 2017 CoMIT Conference (read the live blog) did not think language was the biggest barrier to digital contracts, we cannot automate our current contracts. The problems include: Jargon: the legal language is one-sided and full of jargon so the obligations are not universally

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Digital Contracts: Technology

At the 2017 CoMIT conference (read the live blog), I proposed that the three barriers to moving towards digital contracts were technology, language and conduct. Unsurprisingly for an audience attending a conference on the construction opportunities for mobile IT, 75% said technology would be the first barrier to digital contracts

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The Dotted Line: Carrots vs sticks

Sir Matt Busby’s first contract as a manager for Manchester United required him to “further the quality of play of the teams and the attractiveness of their football”. It’s not just about goals scored? This got me thinking about how you define success in your contracts. Read the full edition

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Money-Back Guarantee

This is the best contract I have ever received if at any time you are not happy with my services, we can walk away and I will not charge you. It said everything I needed to hear succinctly and clearly. Your contract needs to state the scope of your services,

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Is Jargon Useful or Ridiculous?

The Winfield Rock Report Overcoming the Legal and Contractual Barriers of BIM reported that BIM aficionados expressed ‘sympathy for lawyers having to wade through endless jargon’. Te he he! For once the boot is on the other foot. I spend my life helping professionals overcome jargon: writing jargon-free contracts, training

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Barriers to BIM

The Winfield Rock Report Overcoming the Legal and Contractual Barriers of BIM [available here] is a great step-forward in explaining both the essentials of BIM and the barriers to its adoption. As a contract and plain language specialist, the Report chimes with my experience: too much jargon too many initialisms

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