Introduction to NEC4


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Overview

This course is designed for all those involved in NEC projects.  This is not just the NEC4, but existing NEC3 projects, and seeks to give an insight in the changes to the suite, and the practical effects this will have on Clients, Consultants and Contractors.

The NEC4 was launched with much anticipation in June 2017.  There was much said about the revolutionary nature of the changes to the entire suite, and that the NEC4 would maintain the ethos of management and co-operative working that its predecessors had. 

Some changes are slight, some changes are extremely significant, and as with each revision of any standard form, everyone involved from client to consultants to the supply chain, need to be aware of these changes and how it will affect them and the project.

The NEC3 is fast becoming one of the most popular alternatives for public and private engineering and construction works in Ireland.  Further to this, as the NEC3 is the primary contract for public works in the UK and North of Ireland, it has specific appeal for those members of the supply chain working across the Irish Sea.

With the advent of the NEC4, it is crucial that clients, consultants, contractors, and sub-contractors prepare themselves for these changes and make themselves aware of how the NEC4 has altered the NEC suite, and the impact this will have on upcoming NEC4 projects.

Course Programme

A brief overview of the course is as follows:

  • Introduction to the NEC Suite: Understanding the ethos of the NEC
  • The NEC3 in Ireland: A brief history of time
  • Understanding the NEC
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Time and Programming
    • Quality Systems
    • Payment
    • Change Management
  • NEC4: What is New?
    • Generally
    • Contractor's Responsibilities
    • Time and Programming redux
    • Quality Assurance
    • Payment and the introduction of final assessments
    • Compensation Events
    • Risk, Insurances and Termination
    • Dispute Resolution under the NEC4
  • Q&A

This session will be very interactive, and specific problems that people are encountering are welcomed to be talked through with some of Ireland's NEC experts.

Who Should Attend?

Those who should attend are any people involved in NEC projects or those who are interested in becoming involved.

This course is tailored to suit all needs and is very interactive.

Clients, Consultants, Contractors, Sub Contractors and those working on NEC projects are all encouraged to attend.

Trainer’s Profile

David McNeice, LLB, LLM, AMICE, ACIArb, Solicitor

David McNeice is a solicitor and extensive experience dedicated specifically to working in the construction and engineering sector.  David has worked with some of the UK and Ireland’s largest public authorities, contractors and sub-contractors, as well as advising all members of the supply chain on PWC, FIDIC, NEC and JCT projects.

David is regularly invited to give guest talks and public seminars on the NEC and best practice to various institutions, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Builders, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and the Institute of Engineers Ireland.  David is also the Convenor of the Adjudication Society for Ireland. He is an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers  (AMICE).

The DWF specialist construction and infrastructure legal team can manage every stage of the construction process. From inception through to completion, we have a proven track record for success from pre-contractual stages such as structure and procurement advice, negotiation and agreement of contracts including joint venture, development, project, concession, and maintenance agreements as well as construction documentation including appointments, performance bonds, parent company guarantees, direct agreements and collateral warranties. Since our lawyers specialise in both contentious (including litigation, arbitration and adjudication) and non-contentious advice, the same team is able to play a valuable role in ensuring that a construction of infrastructure project is then delivered smoothly helping clients to avoid or manage problems which may arise. We use our experience and industry knowledge to deliver the results clients need in the timescales they need them.


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  • "Very instructive - excellent presentation"
  • Donal Larkin, LDR Consultants Ltd.: "Excellent"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email