Reforms to the Construction Act 1996

You may remember that on 1 October 2011 Part 8 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 came into force in England and Wales. With it came significant changes to the Construction Act 1996 – changes that have impacted hugely on the preparation of construction contracts in the past year.

Some of the most significant changes made last year were:

  • The regulation of payment structures under construction contracts
  • The regulation of the circumstances in which payment can be withheld
  • The rules governing a contractor’s right to suspend performance
  • The restrictions on ‘pay when certified’ clauses
  • The rules regulating the adjudication of disputes

As soon as these changes were published, we set up and delivered over 15 separate seminars to keep construction companies up to speed with the new rules and regulations. Our aim was to inform companies and their teams of the appropriate action to take to make sure they stay protected for the future.

If these reforms passed you by last year or you just need a refresher on the Construction Act 1996, we can help. We deliver our briefings to businesses at their offices and tailor each one to meet their individual needs. During the sessions we’ll:

  • Explain the changes that came into force on 1 October and their practical effect
  • Guide businesses through the steps they need to take for the future
  • Discuss the impact of the changes on the standard forms, including JCT 2011/NEC

For more information or to book a session, call 01482 324252 and ask for Matthew Fletcher or email me on

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