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Construction contracts are a burden
and a bore: how can we change that?
7 November 2019
What’s wrong with contracts?
What’s wrong with contracts?
0 10000 20000 30000
JCT DB 2016
CIOB Complex
ACA PPC 2000
NEC4 Core
Schedules etc
Core Condit...
What’s wrong with contracts?
Burden and a bore
Complex & long simplify & shorten
Text only use contract patterns
Paper-based & wet-signed digitise
...
Burden and a bore
© NBS National Construction Contracts and Law Report 2018
Accessibility: use contract patterns
Example: swim-lanes
© 500 Words Ltd 2019
Example:
term sheet
© Federation of Master Builders Ltd 2019
Example: chronological
© 500 Words Ltd 2019
Clarify: adopt simple language
© Federation of Master Builders Ltd 2019
Example: conversational language
Example: conversational language
© People Powered Retrofit 2019
Simplify: reduce content
Just 500 words?
Build trust: demonstrate change
Example: timeline
Prototype timeline© Sarah Fox
What should you do?
Ensure readability with visual interest
Create trust with simplicity
Minimise transaction costs wit...
If 99% projects do not
end in legal disputes,
why do we write
contracts to suit the 1%
that do?
How accessibility, simplicity and clarity can stop contracts being a burden and a bore
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Construction contracts are a burden and a bore for three principal reasons: they are complex, paper-based and adversarial.

This 30-minute Webinar focused on how we can improve accessibility with contract patterns (eg from the IACCM contract design pattern library), clarity and simplicity to build trust and help avoid disputes.

Sarah Fox is a speaker, author and innovator who wants to help construction companies safeguard their business without annoying their clients. She is interested in legal design, digitalisation and plain language as means to making user-friendly contracts available to 1m SMEs and micro-enterprises in UK construction.

For more about Sarah go to www.500words.co.uk.

This talk was for IACCM Ask the Expert series and considered the UK perspective. The recording is available to members at https://www.iaccm.com/.

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How accessibility, simplicity and clarity can stop contracts being a burden and a bore

  1. 1. Construction contracts are a burden and a bore: how can we change that? 7 November 2019
  2. 2. What’s wrong with contracts?
  3. 3. What’s wrong with contracts? 0 10000 20000 30000 JCT DB 2016 CIOB Complex ACA PPC 2000 NEC4 Core Schedules etc Core Conditions
  4. 4. What’s wrong with contracts?
  5. 5. Burden and a bore Complex & long simplify & shorten Text only use contract patterns Paper-based & wet-signed digitise Adversarial collaborative Legal tools project management tools Bewildering choice contract hubs
  6. 6. Burden and a bore © NBS National Construction Contracts and Law Report 2018
  7. 7. Accessibility: use contract patterns
  8. 8. Example: swim-lanes © 500 Words Ltd 2019
  9. 9. Example: term sheet © Federation of Master Builders Ltd 2019
  10. 10. Example: chronological © 500 Words Ltd 2019
  11. 11. Clarify: adopt simple language
  12. 12. © Federation of Master Builders Ltd 2019 Example: conversational language
  13. 13. Example: conversational language © People Powered Retrofit 2019
  14. 14. Simplify: reduce content
  15. 15. Just 500 words?
  16. 16. Build trust: demonstrate change
  17. 17. Example: timeline Prototype timeline© Sarah Fox
  18. 18. What should you do? Ensure readability with visual interest Create trust with simplicity Minimise transaction costs with digital Avoid disputes with collaboration Build tools for managing projects
  19. 19. If 99% projects do not end in legal disputes, why do we write contracts to suit the 1% that do?

Construction contracts are a burden and a bore for three principal reasons: they are complex, paper-based and adversarial. This 30-minute Webinar focused on how we can improve accessibility with contract patterns (eg from the IACCM contract design pattern library), clarity and simplicity to build trust and help avoid disputes. Sarah Fox is a speaker, author and innovator who wants to help construction companies safeguard their business without annoying their clients. She is interested in legal design, digitalisation and plain language as means to making user-friendly contracts available to 1m SMEs and micro-enterprises in UK construction. For more about Sarah go to www.500words.co.uk. This talk was for IACCM Ask the Expert series and considered the UK perspective. The recording is available to members at https://www.iaccm.com/.

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