LexisNexis Legal & Professional has teamed up with ARPAS, the UK Drone Association, and Bird & Bird to cook up a new Drone Services Agreement template.
Until now, there has been no single source of guidance on the laws relating to drone use.
There were no templates or precedents specifically written for this growing industry, suggested LexisNexis.
This has led drone operators to use repurposed general commercial contracts that do not address the specific risks in the use of drones.
Now, the companies hope they have created a dedicated services agreement precedent for the drone operator market, an important advancement for the rapidly growing industry.
Graham Brown, CEO of ARPAS, commented: “As the UK Drone Association, it has concerned us that our members were insufficiently protected by their contracts. Drones are seeing increased commercial use across the UK, and the operators will need specific guidance from their legal teams.”
Identifying this problem, LexisNexis sought to ensure that the drone sub-topic of the online practical guidance solution, LexisPSL, included comprehensive industry-tested precedents and guidance.
Leading aviation lawyers from Bird & Bird aided in the research and creation of this guidance.
Alison Rees-Blanchard, lawyer at LexisNexis, said: “We ensure that all the precedents on LexisPSL are tried, tested and immediately fit for purpose. We were delighted to partner with ARPAS for this project. ARPAS flagged the issues faced by the sector and engaged their membership in reviewing and commenting on the drafts.
“Our hope is that this work will help shape the drone legal industry. By creating robust, tailored materials that are specifically for this industry, we are ensuring that the providers of drone services can build a credible and dependable reputation.”