The announcement by FIDIC that the long-awaited new editions of its principal forms of contract would be launched at its annual London Users' Conference created an exciting opportunity for us. Since the conference opened on 5th December, our Society of Construction Law / Technology and Construction Bar Association presentation that evening represented an immediate opportunity to give a response to the new editions. Almost certainly, this was the first independent evaluation of the contracts anywhere in the world. This paper is a version of that presentation, edited to focus exclusively on the changes introduced by FIDIC, which had begun in February 2017 with the launch of the new White Book.
The FIDIC White Book 2017
Although it is not as venerable as FIDIC’s Red and Yellow Books, the White Book now runs to five editions and 27 years. That it bridges the past and the modern era is illustrated by the quaint narrative in the White Book Guide to the effect that ‘Godfrey Ackers’ wife, Wendy, typed many early drafts of these documents’. However homely its beginning, the White Book has become the most influential contract for professional services in the international construction market, certainly when the project is being executed with a FIDIC construction contract.
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1 Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs‑Conseils. 2 30th FIDIC Users Conference.
Based on a presentation to The Society of Construction Law and The Technology and Construction Bar Association at a meeting in London on 5th December 2017.
The full version was published as SCL Paper 213 in September 2018.
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