One aspect of nec 3 that never ceases to amaze us is frequently a cause of significant surprise when explained to clients, is the extent of the contractual powers afforded to the project manager and the limited "checks and balances" applied to the exercise of those powers. So how to employers manage that relationship and afford themselves adequate protection?
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The NEC has published a "white paper" entitled "nec4: The next generation: An explanation of changes and benefits". The early indications are that NEC has actively engaged and appears to be genuinely attempting to make changes to cut down on the number of "legal led" Z clauses. Here, we take a look at some of the main changes proposed by nec4, and analyse how they might play out in practice.