A deep-dive on the new NEC.4 standard contract template

Session held on 15th April 2021

About this session 

The NEC.4 standard contract (2017), originally from the UK, is now being used more widely as a template in Australia and New Zealand (plus Hong Kong & South Africa).

Compared to NEC.3 (2013) it weighs RISK more evenly between buyer & seller and brings a range of modernisations useful in today’s business environments – especially capital purchases. 

Moreover, NEC.4 can offer a useful template contract and ‘clause-library’ for time-poor buyers – if used with care! 

Join this guided-tour of NEC.4 with top lawyer Scott Alden, and understand how best to use it, and not use it, in professional procurement work. 

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Your expert facilitator

Scott Alden is a lawyer of rich experience specialising in procurement, contract & construction law and is a partner at HWL Ebsworth lawyers in Sydney. 

Previously, Scott has worked with Holding Redlich, DLA Piper and other top firms. He is also a part-time lecturer at the College of Law.



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Keywords Negotiation
Category Legal Services
Topic / Interest Contracting & contract management, Negotiating, Negotiating Mutual Value, Negotiation, Outcomes- based Contracting
Type Reports / Research, Virtual Round-table Recording
Role N/A
Date Entered 16/04/2021