NEC4: enhance trust and collaboration through effective assurance

6 December 2017

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This webinar will demonstrate how NEC4 seeks to enhance trust and collaboration and how this can be supported and enhanced by effective assurance.

The session will cover:
  • How to build and undermine trust
  • How NEC4 seeks to enhance trust and collaboration:
    • Changes to 10.1 clause (10.2 in NEC4)
    • Deemed acceptance of defined costs
    • Deemed acceptance of final assessments of costs
    • Deemed Acceptance of Programme
    • Contractor’s proposals
    • Early warnings
    • Alliance Contract
  • An explanation of assurance using examples from outside construction

By the end of the session, you will understand how effective assurance goes beyond identifying and fixing problems to uncover opportunities to do things better and more efficiently.


Phil Joyce
Director at The Orange Partnership
Robert Gerrard
NEC Users' Group Secretary and NEC4 Drafter
In 2002, Phil joined the £4.2bn Terminal 5 programme at Heathrow Airport. He worked with senior management to create a team made up of people with accounting experience to carry out risk based audits using forensic IT tools. That team went on to identify and recover in excess of £40million in overcharges.
Based on his experience at T5 Phil established a specialist chartered accountancy practice, The Orange
, in 2003 to provide similar services to other clients. 
Over the last 14 years The Orange Partnership has been trusted to work with numerous blue chip clients on construction projects ranging from £0.5million to £40b and identified many hundreds of £millions in overcharges.
The Orange Partnership works only with clients and not contractors or other consultancies as this enables them to offer independent opinions free from any potential conflicts of interest.
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.
Robert was also a part of the working group who drafted the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts and the recently announced NEC4 suite.

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