NEC3 ‘Short Contract’ – half day seminar

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

Choice of seminar times:

13.30 to 16.30 Wednesday 29 September 2010 or

9.30 to 12.30 Thursday 30 September 2010 or

13.30 to 16.30 Thursday 30 September 2010


The Engineering and Construction Short Contract

The NEC3 suite of documents includes the short form of contract.  In the Short Contract and guidance notes it states:

The NEC3 Engineering and Construction Short Contract is an alternative to NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract and is for use with contracts which do not require sophisticated management techniques, comprise straightforward work and impose low risks on both the Employer and Contractor.

There are significant differences between the structure and administration of the Short Contract when compared to the Engineering and Construction Contract.  For example the Short Contract is not administered by a Project Manager and Supervisor, and it does not offer the extensive selection of Secondary Options.  Therefore to view the Short Form simply as an alternative to the ECC when faced with ‘small projects’ is probably too simplistic an approach.

Instinctively those 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.

The intention of the seminar is to look at the structure of the Short Contract, its use, the make–up of the contract documents and how the contract is to be administered. It would be useful to have attended the previous seminars on the ECC but this is not essential.


09.30 (or 13.30) Structure and contract documents

10.15 (or 14.15) Administration

11.00 (or 15.00) Break

11.15 (or 15.15) Defects and quality

11.45 (or 15.45) Payment 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.


Course cost £93.00 inc VAT (PSS members £75.00 inc VAT)

For further information contact the RSUA