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Bart Kolosowski – Multiproject
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Jonathan Holland
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Changes in JCT Contracts 2011- An Overview

9th December 2011

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) 2005 set of contracts have undergone third revision. These include significant amendments mostly in response to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 under the umbrella of Construction Act 2009. The new edition of JCT Contracts is applicable for all construction contracts entered into Part 8 of the Construction Act effective from 1st October 2011.
The new edition of contracts responds to the new payment legislation and updates itself to other major regulatory changes that have been introduced in the last couple of years.
The most important changes are as follows:

  • The Insolvency definition in the contract termination section has been revised
  • The Terrorism Cover provisions in the contracts has been updated
  • All updated contracts now make a statutory reference to the Bribery Act 2010
  • Retention provisions in the sub contracts have been revised
  • Sections on PI insurance specific to asbestos and fungal mould have been deleted

The major changes in two of the most popular contracts, JCT Standard Building Sub-Contract 2011 (“SBSC”) and Design and Build 2011 have been discussed below.

Standard Building Sub-Contract 2011

Payment Notices: All new JCT Contracts require the Payment Notices to include the total due amount and the computing process of how that amount has been reached. A Payment Application by the Sub Contractor has been made optional. The Contractor, however has to serve a Payment Notice within 5 days of payment due date, irrespective of whether a Payment Application has been submitted by the Sub Contractor or not.

Default Notices: If a Payment notice is not served by the Contractor until 5 days after the due date, the amount printed in the Sub- Contractor’s Payment Application will now automatically become due, subject to any Pay Less Notice served by the Contractor.

Final Payment: Under the latest Final Payment Provisions of SBSC, the final payment is not linked to the issuance of Final Certificate under the Main Contract. The Final Payment is now due 2 months after the date the total retention amount is released to the Sub Contractor; or after the date the contractor issues its statement of the calculation of the final sub contract amount, which ever is later.

Design and Build 2011

Payment Notices: Under Design and Build 2011, a Payment Notice is required within 5 days of payment due date. The date Employer receives the Interim Application from the Contractor, the payment is considered due, and the final date of payment is 14 days hence.

Default Notices: If a Payment Notice is not served by the Employer, the due amount becomes the amount claimed by the Contractor in the Interim application. The 2011 contracts do not provide any provision for the Contractor to serve a Default Notice if the Employer does not serve a Payment Notice within 5 days after the due date. This is because the Contractor has already submitted the amount due to him along with the basis of him arriving at the amount in its Interim Application.

Pay Less Notice: All updated JCT contracts oblige the payer to serve a Pay Less Notice to its payee if they intend to withhold any monies from them. This notice has to be served no later than 5 days before the final date of payment for the due amount. The requirement of Pay Less Notices has been included in all JCT contracts and needs to specify amount the payer believes to be due to the payee and the basis for calculating that amount.

All new JCT contracts now require the payer to serve the relevant payment notices and Pay Less notices even if no amount is due to the payee. All new JCT contracts also allow the payee to suspend any or all of its obligations for the non-payment. The payee can rightfully recover reasonable amount of costs of expenses incurred, not under loss and expense claim as previously. The claim can now be made under the Suspension Clause, to ensure compliance with the new Construction Act.

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