NEC3 ‘Short Contract’: Administration from a practical perspective

A half day seminar in Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast

– 13.30 to 16.30 Wednesday 04 May 2011 or

– 9.30 to 12.30 Thursday 05 May 2011


The NEC3 short form of contract is administered by the Employer.  There is no mention of a Project Manager, a Supervisor or any other consultant for that matter.  However, the contract still necessitates the issue of notices, certificates, etc. The likelihood is that most Employers will seek to have the contract administered by an agent and this may well be an architect.

Instinctively those employers and architects with experience of JCT contracts may look to compare the Short Contract with the JCT Minor Works Building Contract.  However, there are significant differences between the two contracts and such an approach is likely to be fraught with difficulties.

The intention of the seminar is to look at the role of the ‘contract administrator’ under the Short Contract, with a particular emphasis on the practical aspects of the task.  This will involve looking at the express procedures in the contract and also addressing the need for and drafting of some of the template documents necessary to undertake the role effectively.  Consideration will also be given to the drafting of ‘Additional Clauses’ and clauses for inclusion within the Works Information.



09.30 (or 13.30) Contract documents and communications generally

10.15 (or 14.15) Delegated authority, early warnings and programme

11.00 (or 15.00) Tea/Coffee

11.15 (or 15.15) Contractor design, defects and quality

11.45 (or 15.45) Payment certificates and compensation events

12.30 (or 16.30) 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.


Cost of seminar is £110 inc VAT (PSS members £96 inc VAT).

Places reserved on receipt of payment.

Make cheques payable to Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

No tickets will be issued.