The NEC3 requires a pro-active approach and more administration hours than the 'traditional' forms of building contract, such as the JCT or ICE. But it can save time and cost if things go wrong.

NEC3 contracts encourage collaboration between the employer, project manager and contractors. This offers a proactive approach to issues and problems that may arise.

If the NEC3 is used correctly, there should be no storing up claims until after the works are completed – matters should be dealt with as they arise.

This section is maintained by Melanie Tomlin of Speechly Bircham LLP.