New Earth lawyer
New Earth lawyer
Jun 5, 2021
Camilla Andersen - Boom! Kapow! The wonderful world of comic contracts | S1 E9
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Camilla Andersen is an experienced law professor with successes in teaching, research and funded industry engagement. Her innovation and contribution to the law comes in the field of visual law, specifically the unique area of comic contracts. She has pioneered this work over the last 5 years. 

For lawyers, her work is a revelation.  

Join me as we delve into the fascinating story of how comic contracts came to be, and how they are revolutionising the world of legal contracting.

Show notes:

[4:01]: Camilla discusses the factors that led her to the world of comic contracts, from her work with the pro-active law movement, to being a mother to two highly-intelligent savant children with ASD thus learning different ways of communicating, 

[6:38] Camilla reveals the amazing true story of how comic contracts came to be!​

[10:14] Camilla harks back to the early days of comic contracts, beginning with non-disclosure agreements signed by university students.

[12:22] A slot on ABC Radio's Law Report turned into a sponsorship opportunity of a lifetime via great innovative thinking at Aurecon led by their then Chief Innovation Officer John McGuire.

[13:41] We discuss the Aurecon employment contracts in depth, selecting some of the most multitextured parts of the contracts and how they enriched the employer-employee relationship. 

[19:05] Camilla relates how images can also end up getting lost in translation when they symbolise different things to different cultures!

[21:03] From Aurecon, Camilla moves on to her biggest project so far - Bankwest's customer terms and conditions in comic form, approved by Australia's securities regulator, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

[24:02] Camilla tells us how endorsement for the enforceability of comic contracts came from one of the highest judicial authorities in Australia, a former Chief Justice of the High Court. 

[26:44] Camilla shows us an example contract from her husband's Alternative Consulting business, a one-page handyman services contract.

[30:49] Customers universally love the comic contracts, it seems. There is also an alternative for the visual impaired that stays true to the comic contract form.   

[32:42} We talk about how to negotiate comic contracts - lawyers should sharpen their pencils! 

[37:08] Camilla explains how to approach her or her husband's business to develop a comic contract, whether for large sponsors or smaller organisations, and tells us a little of what goes into the whole process. 

For more, visit the episode page at the New Earth lawyer website

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