JCT Contract Administration
Building procurement procedures
Building contracts are, in principle, no different from any other contract for goods or services. There is no need for the contract to be in a particular form, or in writing. A verbal agreement formed by a householder with a passing tradesperson to repair a chimney stack is perfectly legal. The householder is inviting the person by simply having the stack there, the tradesperson makes an offer to do the work at a price and the householder accepts. The essentials of a binding contract are, therefore:
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