Z Clause Webinar Product code: L07102

Jul 28 th

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Z clauses are an often misunderstood and misused element of NEC contracts.

The Z clause is there to enable the parties to agree additional conditions of contract to cater for specific needs relating to the project or type of project. In most cases, there is very little need to incorporate Z clauses. NEC contracts were structured to provide flexibility, and they offer a choice of main and secondary options to cater for a range of payment regimes and risk profiles.

Join Peter Higgins, NEC consultant, and Robert Gerrard, NEC Users’ Group Secretary, who will discuss the types of Z clauses that are available and their impact on the NEC contracts.


13:00 - 13:10 Rob Gerrard

  • NEC Users’ Group
  • Why discuss Z clauses?

13:10 - 13:45 Peter Higgins

  • Type of Z clauses
  • Impact on NEC
  • How do we minimise usage?

13:45 - 14:00 Q&A


Robert Gerrard


NEC Consultant

Rob specialises in procurement and project management and is also involved in extensive NEC training and consultancy work. Rob is experienced in financial control, contract preparation and administration, including the consideration, evaluation and resolution of contractual claims mainly in civil engineering projects.
He is an Examiner for the ICE Law & Contract Procedure. He has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date.
His publications include NEC2 and NEC3 Compared, 2005, as well as drafting the NEC3 Professional Services Short Contract guidance notes, some of the flow charts and ‘How to…’ guides, along with being part of the working group who drafted the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts.
Rob can be contacted on robert.gerrard@neccontract.com or on +44(0)20 7664 2446.

Peter Higgins


Director, pdConsult

Peter Higgins is a director of pdConsult, a consultancy organisation established by him in 2000 to provide strategic advice, contract procurement, management and dispute resolution services to the construction industry. Before starting pdConsult in 2000, Peter was responsible for the worldwide civil engineering work of a major UK consultancy. He has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape with experience on a wide range of engineering projects in the UK, Africa, and in the Middle and Far East.
Since 1976, Peter has been involved in determining contract strategy, advising on contract preparation and procurement processes and advising on contract administration. Much of Peter’s current work is advising major public sector clients on procurement policy and implementation. Working with legal teams, he has been closely involved with public sector clients in developing contracts based on the NEC system and developing procurement strategy. He has given lectures in many countries on contract issues and has published papers on contracts and on ethics in construction.
Peter is a trained mediator, and has had appointments as expert witness in arbitration and litigation cases, and acts as arbitrator, adjudicator or other dispute resolution expert. He has dispute resolution experience in engineering, building and landscape disputes, both as neutral deciding disputes and in advising clients. He is on various dispute resolution panels for the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Peter was Chairman of the New Engineering Contract Panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers and now sits on their New Contract Board. He has been involved in the development and implementation of NEC contracts since the initial preparation of these contract forms, and has provided advice and training to many contract users. Peter was a council member and subsequently was awarded honorary membership of the Society of Construction Law, and has served as a branch chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has recently stood down as chairman of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.


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