12 April 2018

The UK construction industry has a reputation of being adversarial. At the same time, collaborative working is there to improve client outcomes, productivity and, ultimately, the profitability of all those involved.

BIM, by nature is collaborative, and BIM is central to the Government’s construction strategy.

Good contractual arrangements are the foundation of successful working relationships. At the very least, they give the fall-back position for when things go wrong. And things do go wrong.

At NBS, we have been monitoring the state of UK Construction Contracts and Law since 2012, watching out for the number and types of dispute, the forms of contract most widely used, current procurement methods, and the future of contractual arrangements.

We are pleased to release our 2018 report.


Find out more and download a free copy of the report


What can I expect from the report?

This free to download report analyses results gathered from those with day-to-day involvement in the contractual and legal side of construction, including clients, contractors and designers. The report includes:

  • An introduction from Richard Waterhouse, CEO of NBS
  • A summary of findings from the fourth NBS Construction Contracts and Law Survey from Adrian Malleson, Head of Research and Forecasting at NBS
  • Expert Insight form leaders in the field, including:
    • Professor Rudi Klein on contractual risk in the supply chain
    • Sarah Fox, describing what we can learn from banking
    • Neil Gower, on best practice informed by collaboration and user relationships
    • Amanda Clack, examining trust and confidence in uncertain times
    • Ian Davies on the RIBA Professional Services Contracts 2018
    • Roland Finch, NBS contract expert, exploring the idea that the availability of dispute resolution attracts more disputes

What are the key findings in the 2018 report?

Some of the key takeaways from the report are:

  • Disputes are not going away, and the reasons for them are varied
  • More than 20 years after the Latham report, bespoke contracts are still widely used
  • More than a third of all projects started in the past 12 months (from the time of the survey) do not adopt collaboration techniques
  • Traditional procurement methods are still the most popular followed by Design and Build. The gap between these is narrowing though
  • The majority of respondents agree that a BIM is contractually binding

What have previous surveys shown?

This NBS Construction Contracts and Law Survey Report is the fourth of its kind. Historic Contracts and Law Survey Reports are also available


Find out more and download a free copy of the report