JCT Contracts

JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal) contracts are the standard form building contracts used most often on UK projects. They are published by JCT in contract suites every number of years, each suite seeking to update and improve on the last one. The most recent suite was issued in 2016. They consist of a dozen or so contracts that cover a range of different procurement methods (e.g. traditional and design & build), they include main contracts and sub-contracts, they cater for a range of sizes of construction works (i.e. minor, intermediate and standard) and so on. Selection of the most appropriate JCT contract/s for a given project is vital.

JCT contracts have a structure and philosophy now long established (since 1931) and very familiar to frequent users. They are noticeably different to, for example, the NEC and FIDIC contract suites.

During the period between new contract suites, JCT sometimes issues updates to some of the contracts, e.g. to reflect a material change in the law.

Most of the JCT contracts are also issued with a JCT Guide which provides a basic explanation of the contract clauses and how the contracts sit together.

Ridgemont are very experienced in advising on the contents of JCT contracts, and in selecting and amending them, and also on disputes that arise out of them. This is at the heart of what we do because JCT contracts are at the heart of UK construction.

History of JCT Construction Contracts

Why Ridgemont?

Ridgemont’s team is made up of expert senior solicitors, all of whom previously worked in “Big Law” (i.e. the top 50 law firms in the UK).

We provide bespoke advice tailored to your needs.  Our advice is commercial and pragmatic, enabling you to use it effectively to make business decisions.

We have an expert understanding of construction law. We can guide you through the maze of JCT contracts.

We are user-friendly.  Our lawyers speak in plain English, providing service levels akin to “Big Law”. We have built our processes to make onboarding as pain-free as possible. Our fee earner structure means that you have access to a partner-level solicitor at all times and they will always be on top of your matter.

We operate our business in an ethical way.  That means we think about what the “right thing to do” is when making a business decision.  As an example, we do not charge a default unit of time for incoming emails or letters as we think we ought to be paid for work done, not for merely receiving correspondence. We are also open and transparent on what we charge, meaning our clients never receive a surprising invoice.

We provide “Big Law” service levels and quality of advice, with expert senior solicitors providing commercial, pragmatic advice. Necessarily, that does not come cheap as we have to invest in great lawyers and everything they need to do their job. However, due to us having comparatively lower overheads to “Big Law” firms, we are able to charge less than they would for providing the same service levels and advice.

We are proactive in finding innovative ways to advise our clients in a cost proportionate way.

Who we act for?

We act for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals and investors across a range of sectors from residential to retail.

Your journey with us
  1. Get in touch using the contact form below, calling us on 0203 909 9590 or emailing us at contactus@ridgemont.co
  2. We guarantee that we will be in touch with you the same day to listen to your needs and to explain how we can help and the likely cost.
  3. Assuming you wish to engage us, we will then onboard you as a client, which normally takes a matter of hours.
  4. From there, you will be assigned an experienced solicitor who will have conduct of your matter from cradle to grave and be available to speak to you and responsive to emails at every juncture.

You can learn more about our journey by watching these videos.

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