This article is all about construction contracts in the UK construction industry between the main Client and the main contractor but also mentions sub-contracts between the main contractor and the subcontractors.
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There are several forms of contract for each form of procurement. They are published by various different organisations who are essentially competing against each other in terms of people adopting their form of contract.
These organisations include but are not limited to
A contract is simply a promise or set of promises from one party to another which the law will enforce.
There are several forms of contract which we are going to identify in this article.
There are several different types of contract. There are the standard forms of contract published by the organisations mentioned above and these can be purchased as physical or digital copies.
However parties can buy these contracts and then modify them or customise them to their own individual needs.
Finally, there can be completely custom contracts created ‘from scratch’.
The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has published several contracts including:
NB: The JCT traditional forms of contract remain by far the most popular forms of contract in the UK (ref. NBS: National Construction Contracts and Law Survey 2012).
The Chartered Institute of Building includes:
CPC 2013: CIOB Contract for use with Complex Projects.
The Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC’s) core suite of contracts includes: