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This Practice Note looks at the SBCC (Scottish Building Contract Committee) standard forms of contract and the key differences between them and the JCT contracts.
The approach of the Scottish Building Contract Committee (SBCC) in its standard form contracts is to create as much uniformity across the UK as possible, adopting the JCT forms wherever practicable. However, it remains the case that because of the different legal system north of the border, there are certain key differences in approach.
The SBCC standard forms have made the changes required to the JCT forms to bring them in line with Scots law and terminology but they do not change the risk profile or, generally speaking, make other substantive amendments. They follow the JCT colour coding, section headings and clause numbering and, as far as possible, follow the JCT names and dates.
The SBCC forms are now published in one amalgamated document so that it is no longer necessary (as was the case with the old JCT 80 and 98 forms) to read a separate Scottish supplement into the JCT form.
The current, 2016 editions were published in two tranches—the Minor Works family, Short-form Subcontract and Sub-subcontract in December 2016, followed by the Standard Building and Design and Build families in November 2017. The majority of the changes made relative to previous editions are consistent with those found in the 2016
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