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JCT and NEC go head to head

A Question Time-style discussion was held at Kings College London on 20 April to debate the relative merits of JCT and NEC contracts.

The event was chaired by Mr Justice Ramsey, the judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court. The large audience heard a lively discussion on the differences between the contracts: specifically, the effect of the JCT and NEC provisions related to mutual trust and co-operation and good faith, why the forms are the way they are, assessment of matters during the works or upon final account, and the different approaches to completion.

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Construction firms need to act quickly to ensure they have proper procedures in place to avoid tough penalties under the new Bribery Act 2010.

Anthony Barnfather, leading regulatory law specialist at Manchester solicitors Pannone, says the construction industry, which has already been the subject of significant regulatory action in respect of anti-competitive practices, is particularly vulnerable to investigations because of the size and number of contracts which they enter into.