2nd Edition

Understanding the NEC4 Term Service Contract A Practical Handbook

By Kelvin Hughes, Patrick Waterhouse Copyright 2025
    182 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Use of the NEC4 suite of contracts continues to grow and the new edition of Understanding the NEC4 Term Service Contract includes significant additional materials and changes since its original publication immediately after the initial release of the NEC4 contracts. Experienced authors and construction contracts specialists Kelvin Hughes and Patrick Waterhouse have added numerous practical experiences, case studies, lessons learned, and guidance notes which were not available at the time of writing the original book.


    Covering all the recent updates to the contract and written in plain English, Understanding the NEC4 Term Service Contract offers a practical guide to the use and management of the NEC4 Term Service Contract (TSC). The authors describe the full life of a contract, from the initial selection of options and contract formation through to the operations period and ultimately termination and dispute resolution. Although born of the same stable as the NEC4 construction contracts, the TSC is aimed at maintaining infrastructure and differs significantly from its siblings.


    This is essential reading for anyone working with the contracts and takes the reader through the important provisions including communications, planning, early warnings, compensation events and payments. It is ideal for clients, contractors and their advisors describing how to deploy the contract successfully.



    Introduction to Book




    Chapter 0      Introduction to the NEC4 Term Service Contract


    Chapter 1      Early Warnings


    Chapter 2      The Contractor’s Responsibilities


    Chapter 3      Time


    Chapter 4      Quality Management


    Chapter 5      Payment


    Chapter 6      Compensation Events


    Chapter 7      Use of Equipment, Plant and Materials


    Chapter 8      Liabilities and Insurance


    Chapter 9      Termination


    Chapter 10    Resolving and Avoiding Disputes


    Chapter 11    Tenders


    Chapter 12    Comparison of the Term Service Contract (TSC) with the

                          Professional Service Contract (PSC) and the Facilities

                          Management Contract (FMC)


    Kelvin Hughes is a leading authority on construction contracts and has had substantial theoretical and practical experience of all contracts, including NEC, JCT and FIDIC, over a 49-year working life, including 4 years as a full-time consultant to a major project management company drafting a suite of contracts for use on public projects in Qatar, and was also head of contracts/claims for another major project management company in Qatar. He has written eleven previous practical books on construction contracts.


    Patrick Waterhouse is an adjudicator and consultant specialising in NEC, JCT, IChemE, ACE and PFI contracts. He advises clients on disputes and contract issues in construction and engineering. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, an Accredited Mediator and an Adjudicator for disputes under construction contracts. Patrick is on the panels of adjudicators of The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Chemical Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Technology & Construction Solicitors' Association, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Association for Consultancy and Engineering and the Construction Industry Council. He is also on the ICE's Register of Mediators/Conciliators. He delivers a range of training courses in the areas of NEC, JCT & PFI contracts, contract law and commercial practice. He is a tutor for the NEC4 and NEC3 Project Manager, Supervisor and Service Manager Accreditation Programmes.