“Many IT projects fail precisely because the parties do not exercise sufficientWhile I guess that is a key role for the legal adviser, I wonder how much she can manage to achieve this, in the absence of having strong technical skills. She can certainly ensure that the process is sound: terminology is agreed, all relevant points are discussed one by one, and so on, but when it comes to a discussion of technical issues like feasibility, efficiency, scalability etc. it's not clear that a legal adviser alone can deliver what's needed. Maybe I'm missing the point, but don't we need software engineers (or other technical experts) to be part of the conversation too?
care to ensure that the supplier’s and the customer’s expectations match. Ensuring
that these do … is the key role of the legal adviser in the contract process.”
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Lawyers and software engineers
I'm preparing a lecture about computing and the law, and using as a resource the encyclopaedic Computer Law (7th ed.), C. Reed (ed.) OUP, 2011. It's accessible and clear, even for a non-lawyer, but this quote from one section on contracts (section 188.8.131.52) took me aback: