1st Edition

Understanding NEC3 : Professional Services Contract A Practical Handbook

By Kelvin Hughes Copyright 2014
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    As use of the NEC (formerly the New Engineering Contract) family of contracts continues to grow worldwide, so does the importance of understanding its clauses and nuances to everyone working in the built environment. Currently in its third edition, this set of contracts is different to others in concept as well as format, so users may well find themselves needing a helping hand along the way.

    Understanding NEC3: Professional Services Contract uses plain English to lead the reader through the NEC3 Professional Services Contract’s key features, including:

    • Main and Secondary Options
    • the use of early warnings
    • programme provisions
    • payment
    • compensation events
    • preparing and assessing tenders.

    Common problems experienced when using the Professional Services Contract are signalled to the reader throughout, and the correct way of reading each clause is explained. The ways in which the contract affects procurement processes, dispute resolution, project management and risk management are all addressed in order to direct the user to best practice.

    Written for construction professionals, by a practising international construction contract consultant, this handbook is the most straightforward, balanced and practical guide to the NEC3 PSC available. It is an ideal companion for Employers, Consultants, Contractors, Engineers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Subcontractors and anyone else interested in working successfully with the NEC3 PSC.

    1. Early Warnings  2. The Parties' Main Responsibilities  3. Time  4. Quality  5. Payment  6. Compensation Events  7. Rights to Material  8. Indemnity, Insurance and Liability  9. Termination  10. Disputes  11. Tenders


    Kelvin Hughes spent 18 years in commercial management with major contractors, then the past 20 years as a consultant, including a four-year senior lectureship at the University of Glamorgan. He has been a leading authority on the NEC since 1996, was Secretary of the NEC Users’ Group for ten years and has run over 1,300 NEC training courses.