Books about construction contracts tend to be dense and wordy, but what most architects,
quantity surveyors, project managers, builders and employers are looking for is an
easily navigable, simple guide to using a contract, written in plain language.
The JCT Standard Building Contract 2011 is an uncomplicated book about a complex
and commonly used contract. It straightforwardly and concisely sets out exactly what
the contract requires in various circumstances, as far as possible without legal
jargon and without assuming any particular legal or contractual expertise from the
reader. It explains, often from first principles, exactly what is meant by a contract
and why certain clauses, such as extension of time clauses or liquidated damages
clauses are present and more importantly, what they mean. The book is divided into
many chapters, each with many sub-headings, to make it easy to read and to help readers
to find relevant explanations quickly. Tables and flowcharts are used to ensure clarity
and most chapters include a section dealing with common problems.