The major publishers of contracts produce a range of standard forms of contract for different purposes and the various contract strategies. Sometimes these families are called ‘suites’ of contracts. Since construction is complex and covers such a diversity of projects, there are many standard forms of contract. The ones most used in the UK construction industry are NEC contracts and JCT contracts, and this chapter will concentrate on these. All standard forms of construction contract have much similarity but the differences can be very important. The NEC website publishes a useful free resource comparing NEC3 and JCT contracts. NEC3 ECC is covered in detail in Chapters 19 to 25. JCT SBC is explained in Chapter 26. For full explanations of any terminology used in this chapter, please refer to the detail in these chapters..
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