Streamlining Contracts Can Reap Benefits; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE

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Byline: SIMON LEWIS

IAM a firm believer that works contracts should be fit for purpose and as user-friendly as possible.

We're not all lawyers. We shouldn't have to be to be able to understand a contract that we have to use on a daily basis: all contractors, whatever their size, should be able to easily interpret them.

As we all know in the construction industry, it is vital to keep all works contracts both as up to date as possible - to include ever-changing legislation and laws - and as user-friendly as they can be for use by non-lawyers in the workplace.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) recently approached us at Dickinson Dees with two of their local contracts for Small and Minor Works, which they thought could be combined and streamlined as they were very similar.

The CIOB are the international voice of the building professional, representing a body of knowledge concerning the management of the building process, and publishing contracts from small works all the way up to international level. We worked in conjunction with another Constructing Excellence member, Northumbria University's School of the Built Environment, to start researching and held some local focus groups with industry experts. …