Contract Drafting In Construction
There are various legal factors that have to be considered when it comes to drafting a construction contract. It is therefore advisable to make sure you have an experienced law firm on your side to ensure you are covered in every area. At Blackstone Solicitors, we are able to advise many different types of client, no matter the complexity of the circumstances surrounding construction contracts.
For more information about how our team of construction solicitors can help you, contact us on 0345 901 0445 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.
How we can help
Construction contracts define how something should be built, by who and the cost implications. It also sets out the rights, obligations and liabilities of all parties. There are many different types of contracts within the construction industry, each one has its place and choosing the correct one is very important. They are relevant to many different areas of construction, whether you’re a project manager overseeing a construction build or a quantity surveyor working to a budget.
We are here to help with the drafting of your construction contracts. Be it a single local plot or a site on a much larger scale, we will work with you to make sure everything goes to plan.
Friendly yet direct, our team is passionate about every case we take on, and we believe the entire process requires constant communication. We will, therefore, guide you through the technicalities involved, offering expert advice from start to finish.
Why legal help is important
There are a variety of different types of construction contract and they include the following:
The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) produces a range of off-the-shelf contracts for the construction of buildings and are some of the most widely-employed contracts in the UK. Used for complex construction projects, the standard form building contract is considered an industry benchmark and comes in six versions which include private and local authority versions as well as those with quantities, without quantities and with estimated quantities. Additionally, the JCT produces nine sub-contract forms for different scenarios. These can include domestic builds, maintenance and repairs and minor works where building work is under £100,000 and will take less than six months to complete.
The Association of Consultant Architects produces a form of Building Agreement which is designed to be more concise and flexible than some other forms. It also features standard alternative clauses which can be customised by the parties involved and used for design and build projects.
The ICE Conditions of Contract is suitable for both public or private scenarios where a major civil engineering project is undertaken.
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers produces a Conditions of Contract which is suitable where an engineer is employed as the agent of the client.
The NEC’s Engineering and Construction Contract comes with a set of standard clauses common to building projects as well as extra clauses, which allow it to be adapted to the specific circumstances in hand. This form of contract looks to avoid technical terminology and sets out to be user friendly and easy to understand.
- GC/workd/1 (1998).
This contract is primarily used for government contracts but can also be used in the private sector.
Our approach is to work with your team to advise on the appropriate form of contract, assist in the tender process, draft schedules of amendments, advise upon and negotiate the terms of the building contract as required and assist in preparing and engrossing it.
Our team prides itself on being able to meet every need of each of our clients. We are willing to go the extra mile when other firms are not, ensuring our clients are given the very best opportunity of getting the outcome they are after. Get in touch to see how our specialist team can help you with the drafting of your construction contract.
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