The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published three new guidance documents to help companies manage the impact of COVID-19 within their contracts.
Building upon the Contractual Best Practice Guidance published by the CLC earlier in the year, it includes options for amending many of the JCT and NEC contracts to cater for impacts of the pandemic on delivery of the works/services.
The Summary Guide provides a summary of the CLC Contractual Best Practice Guidance to help achieve a collaborative settlement within the context of existing contracts
Future Proofing Guidance: JCT/NEC Contract Amendments offers a starting point for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in future contracts, with template options for amending the most common JCT and NEC forms of contract
Record Keeping Guidance details what records to keep and how to keep and maintain them.
It is intended that this advice will provide a starting point for all parties involved as to how they will deal with the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.
Steve Bratt, Group Chief Executive Officer at Electrical Contractors’ Association, said: “The challenges UK businesses have faced as a result of thepandemic have been unprecedented.
“As such, the Construction Leadership Council has been working to sustain the construction industry through the current period when restrictions are in place, and to ensure it is able to drive future economic growth and prosperity.
“The additional guidance on the future proofing of contracts forms a key part of this workstream, enabling businesses to work across their supply chains and plan for the future.
“Building on the bank of advice issued by Government and industry in the last fewmonths, this combined with the summary and record keeping guides aims to support firms as they continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 on their businesses.”