Business contracts are often long, unstructured and hard to understand. Legal design is about improving the user experience of contracts. The way contractual terms are presented can make a real difference to engagement and comprehension. Creating clear and easy to understand contracts helps to build trust and protects brand reputation. We use plain language, add a clear structure and navigation, and use infographics to explain complex clauses. Please get in touch to see what we can do for your businesses' contracts.
Studies show that the complexity of contracts makes negotiations drag on for months, frustrating prospective customers. We see that clear and user friendly contracts lead to faster dealmaking.
Most contracts are simply not designed to be read. They lack a clear structure, are hard to navigate, and require legal knowledge to understand. We believe contracts should be practical tools used by business people. Our team of lawyers and designers create contracts that are both legally robust and user friendly.
Using clear legal docs says a lot about a business. Making easy to understand contracts is an important element of customer journey design: it helps build customer trust and protects brand reputation.
'The agreements took a whopping 60% less time to negotiate than their previous legalese-laden versions did. Some customers have even signed plain-language contracts without a single change. Customer feedback has been universally positive, and there hasn’t been a single customer dispute over the wording of a plain-language contract.'
‘Thanks to legal design we make complex matter comprehensible. They show again and again that a contract does not have to be boring. By moving away from the current practices, legal agreements become more understandable. That is the ultimate goal: understanding each other and writing that down as simple as possible.’
Legal design will have a great impact on the way we litigate, negotiate, communicate and on the legal industry as a whole in the years to come. Legal design is an essential skill for every lawyer.
Learning the craft of legal design has been challenging and useful. After completing the legal design academy, I feel confident to create legal infographics with no external help.
PHYSEE wanted to change the perspective on employee agreements. Together we created an agreement that reflects the company and its values.
To help De Roos attract top talent and to challenge current team members, we developed De Roos Legal Design Academy. A training program focussed on developing the skills needed for the lawyer of the future.
Together with the editorial board of Ars Aequi we create a monthly visual column in which we explain famous Dutch legal judgements.
For a large Dutch firm we created an interactive white paper about the new Dutch Whoa legislation.