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‘Contractual risk due to Covid-19’ - Managing your entitlement under NEC -

Date: Wednesday, 30 Jun 2021, 18:00 - 19:30 Location: Internet Webinar Member cost: £0 (including VAT) Non-member cost: £0 (including VAT)

An internet webinar by Paul Ives: BSc (Hons) LLM MRICS MCIArb

The rise in the adoption of NEC contract use over the past decade has been phenomenal, in particular for infrastructure projects. Contractors and consultants alike have had to learn how to administer and manage NEC Contract provisions, with their allocation of risks and requirement for notices. And then, 15 months ago, Covid 19 swept onto the scene, throwing a ‘curved ball’ at contractors and sub-contractors in existing contracts. Despite the challenges, projects have kept running but how have they dealt with Covid 19, when NEC does not expressly deal with such a contingency?

Paul Ives has witnessed many novel attempts made by contractors and subcontractors over the last year to establish their entitlement to additional time and money. Whilst some of these have been successful and others have failed, the fact that the contract does not provide a clear and concise mechanism for dealing with Covid-19 continues to cause uncertainty. Paul will discuss the pertinent issues to be considered in the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract and will review the contractual risk of Covid-19 going forward.

Paul Ives is Head of Dispute Resolution at Construction Consultants Gateley Vinden. He is a legally qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in the commercial management and quantum analysis of construction projects. He has an extensive and detailed knowledge of construction processes and construction law and is a specialist in construction contracts, risk avoidance, and dispute resolution.