NEC Term Service Short Contract

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • NEC Term Service Short Contract
  • Overview of the NEC Term Service Short Contract
  • Notable provisions of the NEC Term Service Short Contract
  • Cooperation and risk management
  • Task orders
  • Defects
  • Compensation events
  • Liability
  • Termination
  • Disputes
  • More...

NEC Term Service Short Contract

Overview of the NEC Term Service Short Contract

The NEC Term Service Short Contract, or TSSC, is part of the NEC3 and NEC4 suites of contracts (see Practice Note: NEC contracts—introduction). It is an alternative to the longer form NEC3/NEC4 Term Service Contract (which is covered in a separate Practice Note: NEC Term Service Contract).

The NEC3/NEC4 Term Service Short Contract can be used for contracts for straightforward work that does not require sophisticated management, and which imposes low risks on the employer and contractor. This could include contracts for cleaning or catering for example. Parties should choose between the NEC3/NEC4 Term Service Short and Term Service contracts based on the potential risks which could arise. If the risks are low, the NEC3/NEC4 Term Service Short Contract may be appropriate.

The NEC3/NEC4 Term Contracts are distinct from framework agreements that do not guarantee any work. The Term Service contracts are for use where a contractor will be required to carry out work, whether on a regular basis, or on an ad hoc basis when called off by the employer.

The parties to the Term Service Short Contract are the 'Employer' in the NEC3 form or the ‘Client’ in the NEC4 form (for consistency, this Practice Note uses the term Client throughout), and the 'Contractor'. The Client can also appoint an 'Employer's Agent' (NEC3)/’Client’s Agent’

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