This fully revised and updated edition of Construction Contracts: Questions and Answers includes 300 questions and incorporates 42 new judicial decisions, the JCT 2016 updates and the RIBA Building Contracts and Professional Services Contracts 2018 updates.

Construction professionals of all kinds frequently need legal advice that is straightforward as well as authoritative and legally rigorous. Building on the success of previous editions, David Chappell continues to provide answers to real-world FAQs from his experience as consultant and Specialist Advisor to the RIBA. Questions range in content from extensions of time, liquidated damages and loss and/or expense to issues of practical completion, defects, valuation, certificates and payment, architects’ instructions, adjudication and fees.

Every question included has been asked of David Chappell during his career and his answers are authoritative but written as briefly and simply as possible. Legal language is avoided but legal cases are given to enable anyone interested to read more deeply into the reasoning behind the answers. This is not only a useful reference for architects, project managers, quantity surveyors and lawyers, but also a useful student resource to stimulate interesting discussions about real-world construction contract issues.

chapter 1|6 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Pre-contract issues

chapter 3|3 pages

Possession of the site

chapter 4|16 pages

General contractual matters

chapter 5|7 pages

Warranties, bonds and novation

chapter 6|6 pages

Contractor’s programme

chapter 7|12 pages

Contract administration

chapter 8|19 pages


chapter 9|11 pages


chapter 10|13 pages


chapter 11|8 pages

Architect’s instructions

chapter 12|7 pages


chapter 13|6 pages

Defects during progress

chapter 14|10 pages

Defects after practical completion

chapter 15|15 pages

Valuation and payment

chapter 16|21 pages


chapter 17|8 pages

Sub-contractors and suppliers

chapter 19|11 pages

Liquidated damages

chapter 20|14 pages

Loss and/or expense

chapter 21|5 pages

Sectional completion

chapter 23|12 pages


chapter 24|18 pages