The construction industry is unique and so are the contracts that govern them. The Construction Act sets out a variety of legal requirement that the industry needs to comply with.
There are a variety of standard construction contracts which are used on larger construction projects, the most commonly used are JCT or NEC. Both these standard suite of contracts come with a variety of options to suit the type of work being undertaken, i.e. design and build, build only, sub contractors, professional services. The suite of contracts are designed to work together and cover all contractors on site.
Many contractors will have contracts or conditions imposed by clients or principal contracts and also require sub-contractors to help deliver the work. It is essential to manage risks and opportunities from both sides and ensure that such risks and opportunities flow through the project and not fall on to one contractor
Many smaller projects do not use the industry standard contracts and therefore bespoke contracts are required. The key to bespoke contracts is to ensure that the risks, liabilities and obligations flow between the contractors and all the risk does not end up with the smallest contractor. Construction is all about risk management.
Having worked on a variety of construction projects from Terminal 5 at Heathrow to extensions on residential houses, I have the skill and experience to help you manage your construction risk.