As it says on my website (it used to called my manifesto)
“We believe that what you need & want from your contracts is not what you get. We believe:
- You should only sign contracts on the dotted line when you can read, understand and use them.
- You can write simple contracts (perhaps, 500-word ones) that safeguard your business.
- Your contracts can build trust throughout the contracting process (plan, make and use).
- Your contracts should never annoy your clients.
Contracts can be simple and effective. We believe in simple. Do you?”
Tessa Manuello as part of her Legal Creatives Academy challenged me to refine those ideas into this transformative mission statement:
WHY? Construction contracts do not meet users needs. They are written by lawyers for lawyers. They do not change behaviours, they stifle change, they stoke mistrust and fail to manage projects. They are legal enforcement tools to safeguard one party’s interests.
HOW? I will nudge the industry to understand what contract users are really signing up to and demonstrate that there is an alternative approach to contracts that will safeguard their interests without annoying their clients.