As COVID-19 is taking a greater grip on the way we are living in the UK, it is becoming more inevitable that non-essential construction projects will be suspended. Even in the absence of a specific instruction from the Government, some developers and main contractors have already decided to cease site operations.
The most immediate question we are being asked (unsurprisingly) from all sectors of the supply chain, is about entitlement to extensions of time and loss and expense. The short (and perhaps irritatingly legal) answer to that question is it depends on the particular terms of the contract. There is no one size fits all shortcut. However, the JCT terms are relatively harmonised across the various forms of contract, as are NEC contracts. We have been looking at these a little more than usual recently, so thought it might be of interest to share some of the information with you. This note is restricted to the JCT terms. Keep your eyes open for our next instalment about the NEC terms.