Fundamentals of JCT Contracts

Commercial and Contractual Knowledge


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The course will be an introduction to the JCT suite of contracts and it will enable attendees to understand the particular methods of JCT contractual procurement, and the key elements of extensions of time, contractual notices, loss and expense, payment provisions, dispute resolution, suspension and termination and the importance of keeping records.


Discover the fundamentals of JCT Contracts and enhance your construction project success with our comprehensive course. With a wide range of contract options available to construction businesses, it’s crucial to choose the right one and manage it effectively. Our course will give you a clear understanding of the JCT suite and its contents, so you can allocate scope, roles, ownership, timelines, costs, payments, and risks correctly.

We’ll cover everything you need to know, including:

  • The main contract between the employer and the main contractor
  • Sub-contracts between the main contractor and sub-contractors
  • Pre-construction services agreements
  • Design agreements between the employer and specialist designer
  • The form of contract for the supply of goods
  • Forms of bond
  • Consultancy agreements
  • And other available forms and documents

Our course will also clarify the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the construction process, and highlight the importance of proper administration and record-keeping.

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Event Details

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1 Day
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Next Available Dates

1st May 2024 – Fully Booked!!

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Identify the correct standard forms that can be used in a construction environment
  • Distinguish between the options available and select the most appropriate
  • Arrange cost and risk matters into priority themes and implement into the contract
  • Appraise, assess and compare cost and risk matters into the correct form of contract
  • Identify the key administration procedures related to the available suite of contracts


“John Hayes is an excellent trainer. He managed to keep a dry subject interesting for the duration of the day. Everything was covered within the boundaries of the course title. The CIOB Academy offers one of the most competitively priced JCT courses around.” 

Roly, ‘Fundamentals of JCT Contracts’ delegate, May 2019


An Introduction to JCT – the Joint Contracts Tribunal

  • History and evolution
  • The members of the JCT
  • What is a standard form of building contract?
  • Considerations for selection of the right JCT contract

Why a standard form?

  • Inclusion of the construction timeline
  • Types of document
  • Transactional cost
  • Risk allocation and minimising risk in the construction process

The suite of standard forms

  • Agreements
  • Warranties
  • Contracts
  • Consumer friendly contracts

Key features

  • Payments
  • Retention
  • Liquidated and ascertained damages
  • Determination / repudiation
  • Dispute resolution

The importance of administration

  • Records
  • Notices

Issues surrounding:

  • Extensions of time
  • Contractual notices
  • Loss and expense
  • Payment provisions
  • Dispute resolution
  • Suspension and termination

This course has been designed for clients, consultants, contractors, specialists, sub-contractors and the like. It is relevant to all those involved in the design , procurement and management of projects , working on all types and sizes of building , civil engineering , infrastructure and maintenance projects in both the public and private sectors. This includes Construction Managers, Commercial Managers, Business Development Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Estimators, Contract Managers, Project Planners and procurement staff.


There is no assessment, you will receive a certificate of completion following the course.

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Course Leader

John Hayes


John Hayes FCIOB, FRICS. John Hayes is a fellow of the CIOB and the RICS and is an accredited mediator with over 30 years’ experience as a quantity surveyor and commercial director. His key areas of expertise include:

• Commercial management
• Contract reporting
• Quantum assessment
• Conflict Management
• Dispute resolution
• Training
• Claim and change assessment and negotiation

John has extensive experience of £multi-million global framework and construction projects in the UK, Europe and Australia working for £multi-billion construction companies and has extensive commercial, adjudication, arbitration and litigation experience.

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