Home » The devil is in the details – the importance of details in contracts

Written by: John Greenhalgh

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is important to reflect on the level of detail often required to resolve highly disputed matters, particularly taking into consideration the commercial and human aspect involved in a settlement.


Case Study

In the case, Quinn v Descon Group Australia Pty Ltd & Anor [2023] QDC 88, a settlement was entered into between an employer and employee. Part of the settlement involved a photo of the parties shaking hands, in effect to demonstrate that they had resolved matters on good terms. The problem arose because the settlement agreement did not state where the photograph was to be taken. The employer demanded that the ex-employee attend the former workplace for the photograph. The former employee considered that the employer intended to parade him in front of the staff to humiliate him. Consequently, the employee suggested various other neutral locations that provided the employer to have a backdrop referencing the business. The employer brought a claim to say that the former employee had breached the terms of the settlement agreement. The court noted that there was no reference in the terms of the settlement as to the location of the photograph, that the former employee had acted reasonably and found against the employer.


This case reflects the importance of finer details in contracts, particularly with the rise of AI being used amongst disputes. Remember, the devil is in the details and the understanding of human nature.

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