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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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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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