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RIBA Client Adviser Professional Services Contract 2020
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The RIBA Client Adviser Professional Services Contract is suitable for commissions procured on any form of procurement for commercial projects of any value. It is not suitable for the appointment of a Client Adviser on non-commercial work undertaken for a ‘consumer’ client, such as work done to the client’s home, including renovations, extensions, maintenance and new buildings.
The RIBA Client Adviser Professional Services Contract is devised as an agreement between a Client Adviser and a business client or public authority and is a ‘construction contract’ to which the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (HGCRA, also known as the Construction Act) applies.
Business clients include charities, religious organisations and not-for-profit bodies. Where the Client is a public authority, it may be necessary to include provisions relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to corrupt gifts and payments under the Bribery Act 2010.
RIBA Client Adviser Register
The RIBA Client Adviser Register is a list of RIBA accredited Client Advisers, all of whom are experienced professionals. A Client Adviser can provide impartial and informed advice from the earliest stages of your project. They will guide you through the process of commissioning a building project, helping you to maximise the value and quality of your project.
For further details on the RIBA Client Adviser Register and a full list of RIBA accredited Client Advisers, please go to – the https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/resources-landing-page/riba-client-adviser-register.
• is suitable for commissions procured on any form of procurement for commercial projects of any value
• is not suitable for non-commercial work for a consumer client as domestic projects are subject to the Consumer Rights Act 2015
Easy to understand
The RIBA Client Adviser Professional Services Contract is written in plain English, which provides three key benefits:
. the language used in the contract is succinct and easy to understand, compared to other standard forms of contracts
2. the terms of the contract are fair and equitable for both client and Client Adviser
3. the clause structure used in the contract avoids the use of large numbers of sub-sub clauses and large amounts of cross-referencing between provisions
Copies required for each Party
It is legally advisable that both parties to the contract each have an original signed version. Therefore, you should purchase two copies of the contract, so that both the Client and the Architect/Consultant has an original signed copy Alternatively, prepare your contract online – see RIBA Contracts Digital – which allows you to issue final copies of the contract to each party at no extra cost.
Integration with other RIBA documents
The RIBA Client Adviser Professional Services Contract have been specifically written to align with the RIBA Plan