Short Form of Contract for Works & Services (B121)

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Who can use this template contract for works and services ?

Any individual or business that needs occasional building or similar work.

What is this contract for?

It contains a  set of terms and conditions for use by a business that needs occasional construction or engineering work, such as building a new garage, installing a new heating system  or creating a  car park.

It is fairly balanced but if you are a contractor, we suggest you use our contract B137

What are the main issues to cover in a contract for work or services?

There are the practical issues such as the scope of services and timing. This could include restrictions on access if the work could interfere with other activities.

As with all building related contracts, there needs to be a provision allowing for change and a procedure for dealing with problems that occur as the work progresses. And there should be a clause to see the work is inspected and signed off, when the client is satisfied it is completed.

The contractor’s liability for loss or damage and the related insurance arrangements also need to be covered. And the terms allow for some security to be provided by the contractor.

What detailed terms does this contract for works contain?

There are 23 short clauses:

  • definitions
  • scope of services
  • duration
  • price and payment
  • work on company premises
  • licences
  • contractor’s personnel
  • company representative
  • acceptability of services
  • standard of services
  • acceptance and extensions of time
  • indemnity
  • insurance
  • performance security
  • claims and liens
  • termination and suspension
  • variations
  • company supplied materials
  • assignment & sub-contracting
  • entire agreement
  • settlement of disputes
  • governing law
  • notices

For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes which you will receive when you buy and download the document from our website.

When I download the document, can I change it and/or use it more than once?

Yes, all ContractStore’s templates are in MS Word and you can use the contract on more than one project.  For more information, watch the video on this page of our website or see our FAQs

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