Construction & Engineering Update - Summer 2017

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    “To W3 or Not W3 – Dispute Avoidance Under NEC4”

    Welcome to our update for Summer 2017.

    This year has been the year of the update for industry standard forms of engineering and construction contract. A new suite of JCT contracts has been introduced, FIDIC is due to publish the second edition of its “rainbow suite” later this year and, most recently, we have seen the arrival of the new NEC4 family.

    A theme of the NEC4 contract and the proposed revamp of the FIDIC forms is the concept of dispute avoidance.

    In this update, we examine the new dispute avoidance provisions in NEC4 and consider how the changes might work in practice.