NEC3 Professional Services Contract

A half day seminar on Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 13.30 to 16.30 or Thursday 11 November 2010 at 9.30 to 12.30 in Malone House, Barnett Demesne, Belfast


The NEC3 suite of documents includes the ‘professional services contract’.  In the guidance notes it states:

The purpose of the document is to form a standard contract for the appointment of consultants providing professional services to be used in engineering and construction generally.

The PSC has been drafted with the same objectives as the ECC and has adopted clauses from that contract where considered appropriate. The terminology is similar.  Its purpose is to offer a standard appointment document for all consultants though its obvious use would be for the appointment of the Project Manager and Supervisor under the ECC.  The intention is for it to be used whether an appointment is made by the employer or contractor and also where non NEC documents are used.

The guidance notes make clear that the PSC is drafted as a ‘shell contract’ to be supplemented by other information e.g.  ‘the Scope’ which details the Employer’s requirements.  The PSC is significantly different from the standard documents produced and published by the RIBA.

The intention of the seminar is to look at the structure of the PSC, the make–up of the contract documents and implication of some of the significant clauses. It would be useful to have attended the previous seminars on the ECC but this is not essential.


09.30 (or 13.30) Structure and options

10.15 (or 14.15) Main responsibilities, quality & rights to material

11.00 (or 15.00) Break

11.15 (or 15.15) Time, insurance and termination

11.45 (or 15.45) Payment and compensation events

12.30 (or 16.30) End

Speaker Michael Dunn BSc LLB LLM FRICS FCIArb is Director of Contract Services with Rex Procter & Partners based in Bradford.   He is a visiting lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Central England on their post graduate architecture courses, and a visiting lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University on its MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution course.  He is an RIBA Specialist Practice Consultant.


The cost of the seminar is £93.00 inc VAT (PSS members £75.00 inc VAT)