• The Wall Street Journal reports on the experience of a recent Australian hire in Aurecon and her positive experience reading through and signing a comic book employment contract!

     

    The article also touches on the thoughts of Comic Book Contract pioneers Camilla Andersen, Robert De Rooy and Thomas D. Barton. De Rooy, sceptical about conventional wordy contracts, comments upon how 'a lot of the wordage is just gunk.' In fact, de Rooy states that many of his clients report users of his comic book contracts 'experience a lot less misunderstandings or confusion.'

     

    Andersen follows on stating that while Comic Book Contracts 'spark people's imaginations' it does not come without its own difficulties. In some instances, curating the proper visual is a task in itself. Visuals must be designed to promote inclusivity and positive values.

     

    To read the full article click here!

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  • The Workplace Express write-up highlights the differing opinions on the Comic Book Contract innovation sweeping the legal industry. While employers are enthused with the initiative, other organisations such as the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Australian Industry Group express concern with the 'problems' and risks that may be associated with a visual employment contract.

     

    Regardless, the article follows on highlighting the achievements and efforts of lawyers and academics; Camilla Andersen, Helena Haapio, Collette Brunschwig, Thomas Barton and Robert de Rooy in pushing legal innovation as seen through the Inaugural 2017 Comic Book Contracts Convention in The University of Western Australia. These rock stars are 'rattling the cage' pushing for legal innovation!

     

    Click here to read the full article!

    ClarkeKann Lawyers liken the Comic Book Contract movement to the next step of the plain English drafting movement. In addition to discussing the origin of the movement, they comment on the benefits and risks arising from comic contracts from a legal perspective. Comic Book Contracts provide a high level of engagement with employees. Further, they provide an alternative, effective method of communicating with employees with literacy difficulties or whose first language is not English.

     

    However, the risk with Comic Book Contracts, as highlighted by ClarkeKann, is that Comic Book Contracts have not been tested in a court of law. As Comic Book Contracts have not been tested in court, it is uncertain how they will be interpreted. Read more here.

  • Our very own Doctor Camilla Andersen gets right to the brunt of it in her write up for The Conversation - pointlessly complex contracts have to stop.

     

    To illustrate her point, Andersen draws upon the impact of needlessly verbose contracts that are impossible to understand while also highlighting how a simple three panel comic formed a full non-disclosure agreement.

     

    Read on here to see Doctor Andersen further discuss the history of the movement and the weird and wacky terms and conditions found in conventional wordy Terms and Conditions!

  • Australian Financial Review

    Aurecon backs simple visual contracts as the future of workplace employment contracts on Page 3 of the Australian Financial Review!

  • Forbes Magazine -

    Comic Contracts: A Novel Approach To Contract Clarity And Accessibility

    Comic Book Contracts and Robert De Rooy has received further exposure in Forbes Magazine. Click here to read about it!

  • Aurecon - Comics and Compliance

    An article written by John Callaghan of Aurecon commenting on how comic book contracts encourages innovation and the development of ideas and concepts, rather than impose unneccesary red tape barriers which traditional contracts are often guilty of.