Our ebriefing, dated 7 March and available here, gave an indication of the changes in the new forms. There is no need to move immediately to the NEC4, and the third-edition is still fully supported by us and the authors. There are, however, good procedural improvements in the new forms, which are worth considering.

Ross Hayes is a member of our construction team and was part of the NEC drafting team that developed the new contracts. He has also developed a number of the training materials on NEC4 for Thomas Telford, the publishers of these contracts.

Further information

Please contact Ross or Andrew Millross if you would like to find out more about this new edition, or are considering the NEC for your next contract.

Standard of proof in suicide cases
Standard of proof in suicide cases

A long-awaited decision of the Court of Appeal has clarified that a lower standard of proof should apply than previously thought before an Inquest can return a conclusion of suicide.

Managing absenteeism in education
Managing absenteeism in education

In a challenging economic climate with continuing budget cuts and increasing expectations of staff, sickness absence remains an ongoing problem that is important to address.

Contract management pitfalls
Contract management pitfalls

Social housing providers will routinely have a number of construction projects underway at any one time. It is essential for client teams to understand and avoid key contract management pitfalls.