“The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers” – Henry VI, William Shakespeare
One of day two’s opening sessions focused on the legal implications of BIM and whether or not it changes anything, delivered by Michael Conroy Harris, Eversheds LLP.
Increasing complexities of the construction process have required businesses to clearly set out the roles and responsibilities of different parties involved in the process, to clearly identify who’s doing what.
In addition to accountability – copyright, contracts and protocols were key themes identified as being the areas of most concern to the legal profession in terms of the BIM arena.
Whether or not lawyers are using BIM as an opportunity to just create more work and issues was also touched on and summed up in a quote from Ann Minogue, as part of her wish list for 2013 in a January edition of Building: “Please do not let lawyers in the industry turn BIM into the next excuse for endless long clauses in consultancy agreements and schedules of amendments to JCT building contracts. You might sprinkle some fairy dust of understanding on us about what BIM actually is and why it does not need 7,000 words of dense type to make it work.” – Building (January 2013).
The session gave a good insight into the wider business implications of BIM and what processes can be adopted.