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3rd Edition

Construction Contracts
Questions and Answers

ISBN 9781138795518
Published March 23, 2015 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

Construction professionals of all kinds frequently need legal advice that is straightforward as well as authoritative and legally rigorous. Building on the success of two previous editions, David Chappell returns to provide answers to 225 FAQs from his experience as Specialist Advisor to the RIBA. With 50 new questions, and thorough updates to address changes to the law and contracts, this is an invaluable first port of call for any construction law problem.

Questions range in content from extensions of time, liquidated damages and loss and/or expense to issues of practical completion, defects, valuation, certificates and payment, architects’ instructions, adjudication and fees. Among the new questions are:

Is the contractor bound by its price even if there is an error?

How do terms about working in a spirit of trust affect other clauses?

Can architects lose their rights to certify under JCT 2011 contracts?

Every question included has been asked of David Chappell during his career, and he uses his vast experience to provide clear, easy to follow advice in this book. Most were originally asked by architects, but the answers will be of wide interest to everyone involved in construction.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Tendering  2. Pre-contract Issues  3. Possession of the Site  4. General Contractual Matters  5. Warranties, Bonds and Novation  6. Contractor’s Programme  7. Contract Administration  8. Architects  9. Fees  10. Design  11. Architect’s Instructions  12. Inspection  13. Defects During Progress  14. Defects After Practical Completion  15. Valuation and Payment  16. Certificates  17. Sub-contracts  18. Extensions of Time  19. Liquidated Damages  20. Loss and/or Expense  21. Sectional Completion  22. Practical Completion and Partial Possession  23. Termination  24. Disputes

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David Chappell is director of David Chappell Consultancy Limited and one time Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Architectural Practice and Management Research at the Queen’s University Belfast and Visiting Professor of Practice Management and Law at the University of Central England in Birmingham. He has written many articles and books for the construction industry, including Taylor & Francis’ Understanding JCT Standard Building Contracts, now in its 9th edition. He frequently acts as an adjudicator.