ACE Professional Service Suite of Agreements 2017 released

ACE Professional Service Suite of Agreements 2017 released

Sir Vivian Ramsey, former judge of the Technology and Construction Court, considers the new editions of the Professional Services Agreement suite published by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), and why the changes were implemented. The revised agreements include a new Professional Services Agreement and Sub Consultancy Agreement as well as new Schedules of Services for both Civil & Structural and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

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What changes have been made to the new editions of the ACE Professional Services Agreement suite and why?

Experience in the courts and arbitration indicates that many agreements between consultants and their clients are made by an exchange of letters and with little formality. This may, of course, be the very reason why a dispute has arisen. Sometimes the speed of appointment means that consideration of the detailed terms of the consultancy agreement takes second place to performing the work, particularly for small and medium sized firms.

For many years, the ACE has provided the main

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