Administration of Defects under the JCT and NEC3 contracts

A half day seminar starting at 9.30 to 12.30 on Wednesday 8 June 2011 at Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast.

A ‘contract administrator’ under the standard forms of building contract has the responsibility to see that the Employer receives the works in accordance with the contract.  This includes ensuring that patent defects or noncompliant works are corrected or if accepted that this is undertaken in accordance with the provisions in the contract.

The approach for dealing with defects, whether before or after ‘completion’, differs significantly between the JCT and the NEC contracts.  Even between the JCT contracts there are significant differences in how defects are to be addressed.  For example the Minor Works contract gives limited power to the contract administrator to deal with defects.

The aim of the seminar is to address how ‘contract administrators’ should manage the rectification of defective works under the NEC3 and JCT Contracts both prior to and after completion on site.


09.30       Importance of contract documents, latent and patent defects in design, workmanship and materials

10.15       Defects prior to practical completion/completion

11.00       Break

11.15       Defects at practical completion/completion

11.45       Defects following practical completion / completion

12.30       End

Speaker Michael Dunn BSc LLB LLM FRICS FCIArb is Director of Contract Services with Rex Procter & Partners based in Bradford.   He is a visiting lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Central England on their post graduate architecture courses, and a visiting lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University on its MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution course.  He is an RIBA Specialist Practice Consultant.

Places cost £48 inc VAT (PSS members £40 inc VAT).

Cheques to be made payable to Royal Society of Ulster Architects.