The NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract: A Commentary, Second Edition

The NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract: A Commentary, Second Edition

Author(s): Brian Eggleston

Published Online: 28 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780632053865

Online ISBN: 9780470758496

DOI: 10.1002/9780470758496

About this Book

From its launch in 1991 the New Engineering Contract has rapidly overtaken traditional building and civil engineering contracts to become the UK's leading standard form for major construction projects. Additionally, under the generic title NEC 3, there is now a family of New Engineering Contract standard forms.


This book provides a detailed commentary on the latest edition of the main form - NEC 3 Engineering and Construction Contract. It explains how the contract is intended to operate and examines each clause to consider its application and legal interpretation. It draws upon the author's successful book on the second edition of the Engineering and Construction Contract, ECC 2, and it identifies and comments on the changes between ECC 2 and NEC 3.


Particular attention is given to the revised compensation event procedures in NEC3, with five chapters of the book devoted to this subject. In-depth analysis is also given to:



  • The role of the project manager
  • The obligations of the parties
  • The liabilities of the parties
  • The revised dispute resolution procedures


The Author


Brian Eggleston, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, FCIArb is a registered arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator with extensive UK and international experience. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In a career spanning over 40 years he has worked as a bridge designer, resident engineer, contracts administrator and contractor. In the last 10 years much of his work has been related to NEC contracts. Brian Eggleston is the author of six other books for Blackwell Publishing, including the bestselling Liquidated Damages and Extensions of Time.



Comments on the author's previous book The New Engineering Contract: A Commentary


'Eggleston is the author of a number of highly successful guides to engineering contracts […] he writes with a certainty and facility that commends him to many practising lawyers and with an ease which makes him highly readable for other construction professionals. Given its readability and perceptiveness, Eggleston can be thoroughly recommended to all construction professionals.' - Paul Newman, Construction Law


'A very useful and helpful guide.' - Fiona Hammond, Legal Advisor, BAA plc


'Brian Eggleston's books are always good. This one is unique, as the only analysis on this contract that is both detailed and fair. The light is shines is startlingly revealing.' - Robert Fenwick Elliott, Fenwick Elliott, Solicitors


'Those who pride themselves on a comprehensive law library will buy this book straightaway. Others would be well advised to buy it as soon as they are faced with the prospect of an NEC project.' - Construction Industry Law Letter

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