This chapter describes the main principles of contract law, but it is not a legal textbook and the author is a chartered engineer, not a lawyer. Design contracts and the diverse range of contracts associated with construction are all contracts under English contract law. Since construction professionals are all involved in some way with these contracts, a basic understanding of contract law is very important. Significantly, construction contracts such as NEC3 and JCT contracts are usually administered by a construction professional, not a lawyer. It is not unusual for inexperienced construction professionals to make mistakes or errors of judgment that can lead to very expensive claims. This is often through lack of knowledge of the way that contracts and the law actually work.
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