JCT Dispute Adjudication Board Documentation released

JCT has announced the release of its Dispute Adjudication Board Documentation 2021 (DAB 2021). The document pack includes a model Tripartite Agreement, enabling provisions for both the JCT Design and Build and JCT Major Project Constuction contracts, and guidance notes. DAB 2021 provides a proactive approach to dispute avoidance and resolution, with a framework for parties to identify and resolve potential problems and disputes early on to avoid costly litigation and damaging of project relationships. DAB 2021 has been designed for use with the JCT…

JCT’s networking group for young professionals offering corporate memberships

JCT’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is now offering corporate memberships for firms looking to provide networking and learning opportunities for their new construction professionals. The YPG is a cross-industry networking group for construction professionals within the first ten years of their career, students, and those new to the industry regardless of age. The group is set up to provide young professionals with a range of benefits, including peer-to-peer networking, online webinars and face-to-face talks from expert speakers on a variety of topics, and a dedicated,…

New course added to JCT’s online training programme

JCT has released the latest batch of dates for its JCT Training Online courses, including a range of new courses that have been added to its digital programme for the first time. The dates for May/June 2021 include new courses on the JCT Standard Building Contract 2016, JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016, and JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016. These are in addition to the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 and JCT Contracts 2016 – The Legal Perspective courses, which launched last year and…

JCT Dispute Adjudication Documentation 2021 available for pre-order

JCT has announced the pre-order release of the JCT Dispute Adjudication Board Documentation 2021 (DAB 2021), a new addition to the JCT 2016 contract suite. DAB 2021 provides a proactive approach to dispute avoidance and resolution. The document pack, including a model Tripartite Agreement, enabling provisions for both the JCT Design and Build Contract and JCT Major Project Construction Contract forms, and guidance notes, contains all the tools required to establish and operate a Dispute Adjudication Board under a JCT contract. The aim is to…

JCT Contracts and the Construction Playbook – new article available

Following the publication of the Construction Playbook by HM Government in December 2020, JCT has made available an article, ‘JCT Contracts meeting the objectives of the Construction Playbook’, which provides an analysis on how users wishing to comply with the Playbook’s objectives can do so within the current JCT suite of contracts. The Construction Playbook is a guidance document aimed at professionals across public sector bodies who are responsible for the planning and delivery of public work programmes and projects. The document sets out 14…

Karen Kirkham appointed as new JCT chair

Karen Kirkham, who is a solicitor and head of construction at BDB Pitmans LLP, has been appointed the new chair of JCT. She is the first woman to hold the post. Karen has 30 years’ experience working with JCT contracts, advising clients from all sectors of the industry. Her clients include commercial developers, occupiers, charities, local authorities, public infrastructure companies, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, and individual householders. She has been listed as a leading construction legal practitioner in Chambers since 2008 and regularly publishes articles on…

JCT welcomes publication of The Construction Playbook

The publication of the The Construction Playbook, a new guidance document released by the UK Government for public sector procurement, has been welcomed by JCT at their December 10th Council meeting. JCT is listed within the Playbook as one of the key standard form contract providers recommended for use on public sector projects. The Construction Playbook is a guidance document aimed at professionals across public sector bodies who are responsible for the planning and delivery of public work programmes and projects. The 12-chapter document sets…

Data driven culture vital to delivering benefits of Construction 4.0

Establishing a data driven culture that encompasses people, processes, and products is vital to delivering transformative benefits to the construction industry and its clients, said Dr Damien Buie, group technical director, Laing O’Rourke, in delivering the JCT Povey Lecture 2020 on Wednesday 18th November. In his presentation, ‘Safety in numbers – Resilience and Certainty Through Data’, Dr Buie described Laing O’Rourke’s own journey toward Construction 4.0 – delivering a closer alignment with clients, creating a safe working environment, and consistently delivering quality engineering solutions that…

Preparing for public procurement post-Brexit

Blog Authors: Graeme Young, Partner and Shona Murphy, Associate – CMS UK The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Under the terms of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, the current EU public procurement rules have continued in force in the UK during an 11 month transition period. That transition period expires on 31 December 2020. While the UK may still be able to agree a limited form of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by the end of this year, it seems…

JCT chair to speak on Blockchain and Covid-19 in online events

JCT chair, Richard Saxon CBE, will be giving presentations at two online events, as part of the Construction Blockchain Consortium Annual Conference on Tuesday, 15 October 2020 and a CRS / BISNOW webinar on Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Richard’s presentation at the Construction Blockchain Consortium Annual Conference, forms part of the ‘Smart Legal Contracts for Construction’ session, taking place on Tuesday, 15 October, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Richard’s paper, “Built Environment as a Service: a Blockchain use case”, will discuss the potential for…