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As use of the NEC (formerly the New Engineering Contract) family of contracts continues to grow worldwide, so does the importance of understanding its clauses and nuances to everyone working in the built environment. Currently in its third edition, this set of contracts is different to others in concept as well as format, so users may well find themselves needing a helping hand along the way.
Understanding NEC3: Professional Services Contract uses plain English to lead the reader through the NEC3 Professional Services Contract's key features, including:
Common problems experienced when using the Professional Services Contract are signalled to the reader throughout, and the correct way of reading each clause is explained. The ways in which the contract affects procurement processes, dispute resolution, project management and risk management are all addressed in order to direct the user to best practice.
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