JCT Design and Build and JCT Standard Building Contracts 2016 – Part I

Blog Author: Suzanne Reeves – Partner, Wedlake Bell JCT Design and Build 2016 Contract JCT has published the new edition of 2016 Design and Build Contract in conjunction with the Design and Build Sub-Contract for use with it. The purpose of this note is to outline the principal changes from the previous 2011 edition and answer some frequently asked questions. In summary, these are: Introduction of common “Interim Valuation Dates” which will apply throughout the contract chain including at sub-contract and sub-sub-contract tiers. Introduction of…

Not So Standard Contracts

Blog author: Peter Hibberd After Brexit, the UK is to go its own way regarding procurement and contracts but it will still have to work within parameters set by others if it is to trade internationally – something which JCT will continue to pursue regardless of the UK’s membership of the EU. During the past year, few subjects have created as much angst and foreboding as Brexit even though its definition is unclear– perhaps that is the problem. This article does not repeat the well-trodden arguments…

Does a failure to sign mean you’re off the hook?

Blog authors: Marc Hanson and Helena Savva – BLP Law JCT forms include comprehensive guidance on execution, in addition to standard provisions allowing the parties to execute the contract under hand or as a deed. However, what they do not include are terms providing that the contract will not be binding unless both parties execute it. So, what if the parties amend their JCT form to include such a term and then one party doesn’t sign? Surely, the answer must be that the contract won’t…

Making Amends

Blog author: Peter Hibberd Amending standard form building contracts is done more than is necessary and sometimes even changes the nature of the contract. Amendment might be done so as to change the risk apportionment or simply because of office practice without regard to risk – whatever, problems frequently arise. In addition to any imbalance of risk created there is also potential for inconsistency, conflict and or incoherence in the contract. Consequently, the effect of an amendment may become costly in an unknowing way. JCT Standard forms of contract are devised by experienced practitioners to…

Termination under JCT building contracts

Blog author – Andrew Keeley, Charles Russell Speechlys There is no general right to terminate without cause under most of the JCT contracts. This is unsurprising; a construction project requires a significant commitment from both parties and cannot be abandoned lightly. However, sometimes there is no other option but to part company. In these circumstances it is crucial to carefully check the particular contract terms of the contract you are using. Here are some important points to consider before terminating a JCT Standard Building Contract 2011 (SBC 2011) or JCT Design and Build…

Insolvent Abuse

Blog author: Peter Hibberd Insolvency of any party on a building project is regrettable and something advisers should look to militate against at pre-tender stage. Pre-contract checks on financial position, current workload and resources are essential prerequisites to entering a construction contract: yet, despite such checks, insolvency remains a possibility. Although insolvency in the industry has fallen slightly over the past year, history shows that, once construction activity picks up, insolvency is likely to increase.Insolvency numbers have been lower because monetary policy has provided financial props…

Is it time for an international JCT contract?

Blog author: Barry Hembling – Fladgate LLP English language standard form contracts are an appropriate choice for use on international construction projects. This was the conclusion of The Hon. Sir Vivian Ramsey at the 2015 JCT Povey Lecture which considered the international applicability of the cultural and legal concepts of using such contracts abroad. The principal theme of the lecture was that parties may not be able to rely on various terms that might otherwise be implied into contracts when English standard forms are used…

Making Good with Rectification Periods

Blog author: Hugh Saunders – 3PB Do you still talk about the “defects liability period”? So do I, and I don’t blame you because the phrase has been around for so long, even though modern JCT contracts use the term “Rectification Period”. Whatever you call it, problems can arise because although the clauses look quite simple there is actually a number of things going on. First, neither term really describes what the contract actually means; second, on the expiry of the Rectification Period, there is…

Over Payment is Careless

Blog author: Peter Hibberd Following Galliford Try vs Estura [2015] EWHC412 (TCC), a case concerning summary judgement to enforce the decision of an adjudicator as to payment of an interim application, there were various comments by observers on whether or not the payer has a right to repayment by the contractor on account of an overpayment and speculation as to whether there should be an express term to this effect. JCT Design and Build Contract 2011 (the contract in that case) makes it absolutely clear…

A Question of Programme

Blog author: Will Cooper – Senior Associate, Clyde & Co LLP The programme produced and maintained by a contractor is one of the most important documents for any works. Of course, the programme’s primary function is to ensure effective sequencing of the various components of the works. However, it has an important secondary role in assessing contractor applications for extensions of time and assisting with the resolution of disputes between contractor and employer, roles not always readily appreciated by contract draftsmen. It is the second…