Selecting the right construction contract and monitoring JCT amendments

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is well established and plays a vital role in the construction sector. The organisation began in 1931, issuing standard forms of contract to suit all kinds of project. Not surprisingly there are a wide suite of contracts to choose from, ensuring there is one to suit the nature of the construction work that is being done.

Before any project begins suitable contracts should be in place to protect the interests of the employer, each of the contractors, and any other party who may be affected. It is vital that the right form of contract is used. If it is not correct it could open the door for disputes to arise.

In order to ensure the right type of contract is in place you first need to know what the options are. The best way to find these is to visit the JCT website and view the contract families. As you will see there are over a dozen of these. Each of them can be broken down into specific contracts.

On top of ensuring you choose the right type of contract you should take note of what is included in it. The JCT issues amendments to its contracts periodically to account for changes in the construction sector such as the introduction of new legislation. It is important to stay up to date with these. The most recent ones were published in 2016.

At Amison Dispute Resolutions we know how important it is to have the right contacts in place for any kind of construction work. This is true regardless of the scale of the work; if there is the chance of disputes arising for any reason there should be a contract to set out what is required of each party and what the relevant penalties are.

We work hard to help our clients select the right contracts. To ensure we can do this we have to stay up to date on JCT amendments and the impact they have on the documents.

If you have any questions about the importance of a contract, minimising or resolving disputes, or the latest JCT amendments please contact us. We will do our best to help you.