A new suite of JCT Contracts - JCT Contracts Edition 2011- have just been released in line with the 'The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009' and will apply, in England, from 1 October 2011.

The Construction Act 2009 has already been covered in a previous programme in this series and so this programme will look, in some detail, at the Contracts themselves.


This is a studio interview referencing a number of contracts BUT because of the level of complexity, detail and range, we will only look at some of the headline issues while recommending that people refer to NBS and the documents themselves. This programme will be a potential taster.

Key learning points:

  • The contracts - an overview
  • Pre-Construction Service Agreement
  • Project Bank Accounts
  • The sustainability provisions
  • Payment clauses and provisions
  • Choosing contracts

About the contributors

Ryland Ash LLB (Hons) Degree in Law and Philosophy; Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law and called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Ryland has over 8 years' experience of the legal profession and construction industries in the UK and internationally. For 4 years Ryland acted as in-house counsel to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), advising on a range of legal matters relating to the multi-billion dollar Taiwan High Speed Railway and other projects worldwide. He worked with Japanese, Chinese and expatriate lawyers, consultants and engineers, and represented MHI in a number of ADR proceedings, including several Conciliations and Arbitrations before eminent Mediators.

He was also responsible for all insurance matters arising under the Taiwan High speed Railway Project.

Before this, Ryland spent a year in London as an intellectual property adviser for a leading sports photography company and a further 6 months specialising in costs with a London based firm of solicitors.

Since joining Alway Associates Ryland has been involved in the investigation, management and successful resolution of several adjudications and other contractual and commercial disputes in respect of construction projects around the UK.

In addition, he provides services including the drafting and review of pleadings and contracts, legal advice and advocacy. Ryand also regularly lectures on the JCT, NEC and other standard forms of contract together, as well as contract and construction law, on both private and public courses.

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