Managing an NEC Contract

A practical review of the operation of the NEC ECC and PSC Contracts, focusing on the operation of the payment provisions and the differences between NEC3 and NEC4.

Level: Introductory/Intermediate


27 January 2020, Nottingham
10 February 2020, London


9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch)

Venue 1:

Freeths, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths’ offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds, London and Sheffield)

Venue 2:

Sharpe Pritchard London (NO VCE)

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

The morning will be split into two sessions, with session one covering:

• The NEC payment cycle
• Important notices under NEC
• What are the payment options and which should you choose
• What are the important changes for users between NEC3 and NEC4
• How does operating an NEC contract differ from running a JCT contract
• Best practice and tips on how to avoid payment disputes

Session two will be an introductory collaborative session exploring the principles of a building contract to provide a background for the technicalities of the NEC 4 (and 3) standard form contract.

Suitable audience:

Those with responsibility for overseeing a project using NEC Contracts, particularly those whose previous experience is either in engineering and construction projects using the NEC form or those who are more experiences in operating JCT or other standard form building contracts.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Session 2 is to be an interactive workshop


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice
B4 Draft documents

Presenter profiles:

Brian Stewart has extensive experience of construction contracts gained in both private and public sector work. During the ‘80’s he was a partner in a niche City practice specialising, inter alia, in construction claims and professional indemnity insurance coverage of construction professionals. Since then he has had a varied career and since 2001 has been a consultant to public sector organisations, legal services manager, senior planning lawyer and is currently employed as a senior solicitor by Nottingham City Council specialising, as far as possible in a local authority local authority practice, in non-contentious construction, development and IT contracts and state aid. He was also a contributor for many years to an international textbook for foreign lawyers to aid understanding of UK law.

David Owens is a partner at Sharpe Pritchard, specialising in dispute resolution for both construction and projects. His experience ranges from small scale adjudications to complex multi-party PFI disputes and high value international infrastructure arbitrations. He has extensive experience of working with the various standard-form construction contracts, and prior to joining Sharpe Pritchard he spent nine years at a global firm based in the city.

How to book

To book a place on this course please visit the website www.emlawshare.co.uk or contact Julie Scheller julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.