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COVID-19: Further Contractual Advice: Irish and international contracts

Further to AMM-50-20, I have spoken to our contact at Dublin law firm Arthur Cox, Niav O’Higgins, who is the contact for the BCSA Republic of Ireland Law Helpline. They have produced what I think is a very helpful piece on contracts and have said that we may distribute it to BCSA members. Advice is included on JCT and NEC forms as already provided, but this note also covers FIDIC, PW-CF1, and RIAI contracts and emergency legislation enacted on Friday in the Oireachtas.

Free helplines:

Republic of Ireland Law helpline – contact Niav O’Higgins of Arthur Cox on 00 353 1 920 1090; email:

Scottish Law helpline – contact David Wilson of MacRoberts solicitors on 0141 303 1302; email:

Both of the legal helplines will provide reasonable amounts of telephone advice free of charge to members. Remember to mention that you are a BCSA member when using any of the facilities that the helplines offer.

Deborah Harrison, Solicitor and Legal Manager