Information revealed in litigation and its effect on Decision Analysis

Decision analysis is a useful tool for a litigator to communicate process and risk, assess how much a case is ‘worth’, and provide a robust justification for settlement offers or acceptance. However the accuracy of the analysis is only as good as the information about the merits of a case available to the litigator at …

Legal Form Design

Court forms commence processes that change lives. They end marriages, bankrupt people and throw them in jail. Poorly designed forms can lead to errors with similarly serious consequences. Making court and legal forms clearer, easier to use and more beautiful can reduce error rates and ultimately increase citizen's access to a just legal system. But …

An exercise in contract visualisation using AS4000

Visualisation makes contracts easier to understand, especially for non-lawyer, day-to-day users. Despite its benefits, the practice doesn’t appear to be widespread. In order to explore some of the reasons that lawyers might be reluctant to prepare visuals, I undertook a contract visualisation exercise on a commonly used construction contract, AS4000. In this post I present …

Seeing the criminal justice system as infrastructure

The damning insights into the parlous state of the UK's criminal justice system by the Secret Barrister are caused in part by a public and political class with little regard for the essential public good that the criminal justice system delivers. With that in mind, re-branding of the criminal justice system as 'essential public infrastructure' …