I caught the last half of this session and it was definitely interesting. The presenters had travelled down from Birmingham to share their experiences of web contracting turned sour and put forth a good case that even when everything seems to be going ok, you can still have a bad time.
The biggest take away for me was the idea that you can insure yourself against a contract dispute. If I understood correctly, you can even do it on a per contract basis as opposed to a blanket policy that covers your whole enterprise. Of course, the devil is in the details, but given that we live in a very litigious society, it could prove to be very worthwhile to check out the recommended insurance sites:
[Aside: I'd definitely appreciate any feedback from those who are using this kind of insurance presently. Particularly looking for names of firms offering coverage and the nature of the coverage. And, has anyone who has coverage actually had to use it. I think this a discussion that a lot of developers would find interesting]