ACT Industry Breakfast: A Spotlight on the NEC Suite of Contracts

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Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 to Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Address: CANBERRA, ACT Australia
Place: Jacobs
Total Price: $80.00


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NEC is a suite of collaborative contracts that facilitates project management principles and collaborative practices as well as defining legal relationships.  

Delivery of major infrastructure is difficult. Governments across Australia are facing increasing pressure to deliver fit for purpose infrastructure on time and on budget. Yet the lack of standard form contracts and the increase in claims suggest that current contacting models are worsening the health of the consulting and contracting community just at the time when we need it to be vibrant and proactive in support of our country’s objectives. 

Foreign governments have been through this process already and adopted a number of measures to help the market they need so badly. One of those measures concerns the contract form choosing NEC4 to replace out-dated, bespoke lump sum forms. NEC4 is catching the eye of some government clients in Australia that are looking to do things differently.

This session will cover the key aspects of NEC4 and will be presented by industry experts who have worked under it and are familiar with its unique qualities.


Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019
Time: 7:15 am registration for a 7:30 am start, 9:00 am finish
Venue: Jacobs, 1/64 Allara St, Canberra ACT 2601
Tickets: $50 for members | $80 for non-members


Rob Buchanan | Partner | Pinsent Masons

Rob is dual qualified as a Lawyer and a Chartered Civil Engineer and operates in the post-contract space advising clients delivering technically complex solutions on high value projects.  His experience spans the transport, power generation and oil & gas sectors from immediately post-contract though project delivery and dispute resolution.  Rob has market leading views and is heavily involved in discussions surrounding NEC4. This has led to Rob initiating a research project with the University of Sydney Department of Civil Engineering to ascertain the effects of using the form on subject projects.