Construction Contracts Questions and Answers 4th Edition

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This fully revised and updated edition of Construction Contracts: Questions and Answers includes 300 questions and incorporates 42 new judicial decisions, the JCT 2016 updates and the RIBA Building Contracts and Professional Services Contracts 2018 updates.

Construction professionals of all kinds frequently need legal advice that is straightforward as well as authoritative and legally rigorous. Building on the success of previous editions, David Chappell continues to provide answers to real-world FAQs from his experience as consultant and Specialist Advisor to the RIBA. Questions range in content from extensions of time, liquidated damages and loss and/or expense to issues of practical completion, defects, valuation, certificates and payment, architects’ instructions, adjudication and fees.

Every question included has been asked of David Chappell during his career and his answers are authoritative but written as briefly and simply as possible. Legal language is avoided but legal cases are given to enable anyone interested to read more deeply into the reasoning behind the answers. This is not only a useful reference for architects, project managers, quantity surveyors and lawyers, but also a useful student resource to stimulate interesting discussions about real-world construction contract issues.


Table of Contents

1. Tendering  

2. Pre-contract Issues 

3. Possession of the Site 

4. General Contractual Matters 

5. Warranties, Bonds and Novation 

6. Contractor’s Programme 

7. Contract Administration 

8. Architects 

9. Fees 

10. Design 

11. Architect’s Instructions 

12. Inspection 

13. Defects During Progress 

14. Defects After Practical Completion 

15. Valuation and Payment 

16. Certificates 

17. Sub-Contracts and Suppliers 

18. Extensions of Time 

19. Liquidated Damages 

20. Loss and/or Expense 

21. Sectional Completion 

22. Practical Completion and Partial Possession 

23. Termination 

24. Disputes




David Chappell is an architect and eminent author, specialising in construction law, building contracts and architectural practice. Over a long career, he has been a practising architect, contract administrator for a building contractor and for the last thirty years a construction contracts consultant. He has held part-time posts as senior research fellow, professor and visiting professor and lectured extensively throughout the UK. He has been a Specialist Advisor to the Royal Institute of British Architects since 1995 and Specialist Advisor to the Royal Society of Ulster Architects since 1997. He is on the Adjudicator panel of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. Honorary Membership of the Royal Institute of Ulster Architects was conferred in 2007. In 1999 he was awarded the CIOB Gold Award in the First Literary Awards for the best textbook and the CIOB Commendation 2001 for law books. He has published numerous books and articles on construction contracts.

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