Coronavirus (Covid-19) and JCT Contracts

This page contains a suite of articles to provide general information for JCT contract users in respect of the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on their projects and some of the contractual issues to consider.

Updated September 2020:

JCT has added to the original article, “Coronavirus (Covid-19) and JCT Contracts”, published in April with a suite of new articles to reflect the latest guidance from Government and the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), as well as the impact on future projects.

Click on the links below to download each article:

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and JCT Contracts

This article, published in April 2020, is restricted to construction projects in England and Wales which are using JCT contracts. It is specific to the JCT Standard Building Contract (SBC) and all JCT contracts with like provisions for extension of time, loss and expense, and termination. Notable exceptions, which are referred to in the document, are the JCT Constructing Excellence Contract (CE) and the JCT Minor Works Contract (MW).

The document also only applies to projects where the contract was entered into prior to the reasonable foreseeability of the effect of the coronavirus. The effect of the conditions where contracts are executed after that point may be different. For those contracts yet to be executed, specific legal advice should be sought.

Authored by Peter Hibberd, past-chair, JCT

Note – JCT does not provide consultancy or legal advice on individual cases, matters of practice or courses of action. Professional legal advice should be sought for matters relating to your individual case.