The Contractor’s NEC3 ECC Handbook

19 Jul 2017Contracts

The NEC3 ECC contract is now extremely popular and is used in many countries for projects as wide ranging as residential apartments to airports and everything in between. Its clarity, collaborative working ethos and flexibility is hugely appealing to Employers, Project Managers and Contractors.

However, it does present some difficulties in its use. It is different to more traditional contract and its short sentences and dynamic language often creates ambiguity.

I have been advising clients and providing training on NEC forms of contract for over 10 years and the questions that are always asked of me are those in connection with its day to day use, i.e. what is the difference between an early warning notice and a compensation event notice?, when are the works complete?, how is the amount due calculated? etc.

To answer those questions and many more, I have written a book called ‘The Contractor’s NEC3 ECC Handbook’. It is a ‘nuts and bolts’ assessment of the contract, written in plain English with little legalise and giving the Contractor (or Project Manager and Employer) tools to use the contract most effectively and to highlight some of the pitfalls.

The book is due to be published in August/September 2017, depending on what part of the world you are in, and can be pre-ordered here:,subjectCd-CE16.html

In addition, as part of my desire that NEC3 (and 4) projects are better managed, I am in partnership with On Demand Projects, a company designing streamlined and effective NEC3/4 management software. They can be contacted through me, or via their website:

Steven Evans – Director

This article is for general information purposes only and should not be relied upon in any specific situation without appropriate legal advice. If you require that advice or wish to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, please contact us.

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