Supporting UK construction with contract issues arising from COVID-19

We have launched a Contract Services helpdesk to support UK clients with contract issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operated by our team of highly experienced contract and procurement specialists, the helpdesk will assist them in taking practical measures to manage projects operating under NEC, JCT and FIDIC contracts.

The service will provide a detailed assessment of short, medium and long term contract risks and commercial impacts, in addition to guidance on potential delivery delay through to comprehensive supply chain audits. It will also be able to assist in protecting commercial interests if a project shuts down or detailed protocols are required for the closure of a site or project team’s office.

Gareth Poole, Director of Contract Services, said:

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a number of challenges across the construction sector and its projects. We have established our Contract Services helpdesk to ensure that businesses are well prepared and able to navigate issues relating to their contracts, their supply chains and their operations.

“The unprecedented nature, scale and location of the threat that has resulted from the pandemic has created an exceptional set of circumstances for the delivery of certain works and services. The UK government has issued welcome guidance on public procurement and supply chain payment, where extreme urgency is required and our specialists are able to provide advice on this.”

To contact the Contract Services helpdesk, please email [email protected].

Further resources

Please visit our response page for all of our resources relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the construction sector.

For further information contact:


Gareth Poole

t: +44 0121 262 3605