Forms of Contract

  • Alan Griffith
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


Any contract for building work is fundamentally an agreement between two parties, the client (normally referred to in a form of contract as the employer) and the building contractor. The basis of the contract is an offer made by the contractor to undertake the work for a certain sum of money and acceptance of that offer by the client. Building contracts are considered within a separate field of contract law to other forms of contract as the basis for the agreement is ostensibly for the supply of labour and materials and not a contract providing, for example, the sale of goods or contracts for the provision of services.


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  1. 1.
    Uff, J. and Capper, P., Construction Contract Policy — Improved Procedures and Practices, (1989)Google Scholar
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    Clamp, H., The Shorter Forms of Building Contract, second edition, (1988), Blackwell Scientific Publications.Google Scholar
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    Joint Contracts Tribunal, The JCT Agreement for Minor Building Works, (JCT 80 MW), (1989).Google Scholar

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