Contractual Help for Sub-contractors: BCSA’s Construction Contractual Handbook updated

Main contractors often push the limits when drafting construction contracts for sub-contract work, even though there are standard form contracts available from NEC and JCT. This means that for some sub-contractors, navigating the contractual landscape can be time-consuming and difficult.

Essential sub-contractor information is available in a number of places, including the British Constructional Steelwork Association’s (BCSA’s) Construction Contractual Handbook.

Simon Bingham, Chairman of Caunton Engineering Ltd and Chairman of BCSA’s Commercial and Contracts Committee said:

“As a specialist sub-contractor, Caunton Engineering Ltd needs to be aware of unilateral and difficult to spot changes to contracts and make sure that we remain vigilant throughout the duration of the contract.  The Construction Contractual Handbook will be an extremely useful tool for our commercial team.”

While the Construction Contractual Handbook was originally written for steelwork contractors it is equally applicable to other specialists and main contractors. The Handbook is an essential tool that sets out the law and contracts in a compact and accessible way.

The Handbook includes:

  • a reminder on contract formation.
  • a chapter explaining common onerous clauses or changes.
  • information on being vigilant for the duration of a contract, ensuring timely issue of certificates, variations, dispute management and claim procedures.
  • Scottish and Irish law.
  • a useful checklist.

For further information contact Sarah Kenny  skenny@cip-books.com  or telephone 0870 078 4400.

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