It’s Wise Up Wednesday: Get Your Contract Checked For Free With “Checkit”!

Our “Wise Up Wednesdays” are based on a lifetime in construction, and the 28 years spent resolving disputes and problems exclusively for Specialist Contractors, from a few £thousand pounds to literally tens of £millions!


Last week’s WUW was a very brief one about checking the terms you are letting yourself in for, BEFORE you put your head in that contractual noose!


It’s easy to jump in when entering into a contract, and not checking the specific terms that will apply to your works is one of the most common and often fatal mistakes I see on a daily basis!


Don’t get caught out by those dirty tricks hidden in the small print.


Announcing – “Checkit” – Our Free Contract Checking Service


If you want to cut to the chase it’s here: Try Checkit It’s Free!


This free service is based on the principle that Standard Form contracts such as JCT, MF/1, NEC3 etc. were created to be easy to understand, simple to use, and fair to both parties and should need little or no amendment.


So why don’t Contractors use them?


When Contractors introduce amendments to Standard Forms or even create their own ‘bespoke’ contracts, you need to have your wits about you! Because, if the Contractor has amended a Standard Form contract or sent a bespoke contract, not a single one of those amendments or terms will be written in your favour.

Rushing into a contract without understanding whether or not it is onerous can be fatal.


What This Free Service Provides


When you upload your contract to this portal one of our expert team of advisors will carry out an initial review and if any of the terms are onerous, we will tell you so.


Within 48 hours (other than contracts uploaded at weekends and public holidays), you will receive an email telling you whether or not the contract is onerous.


Please feel free to use our new free service: Try Checkit It’s Free!


What This Free Service Does NOT Provide


This free service will not provide specific contractual or legal advice as to the reasons why the contract is onerous. It is not a substitute for the professional contractual advice that is available from one of our Consultants.


It is however a very important first step in coming to terms with and ridding this industry of onerous terms. Please feel free to give it a try, after all it won’t cost you anything!


Try Checkit For Yourself


Being vigilant and checking over the contract before entering into it is the best way to prevent yourself from being caught out. It can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to get our professional advice.


Please Help Spread The Word


I hope you enjoyed my Wise Up Wednesday email and that it gave you some food for thought, and I sincerely hope to speak with you soon.

In the meantime, please help to spread the word within your own business and with your colleagues in other businesses. Specialist Contractors are the backbone of the industry and we are here to help you all stick together.

You can find me on LinkedIn so why not connect up, and we have a LinkedIn Group with over 2,200 members so why not come and join us.

And if you want to get your contract checked or you need help with; Acceleration, Adjudication, Applications and Payments, Business Development, Contractual Advice, Delay and Disruption, Dispute Resolution, Extension Of Time, Retention… etc., or any of your business issues, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

You can contact us on 01773 712116 or email

Best regards


P.S. The clue really is in our name – StreetwiseSubbie! We specialise in helping Specialist Contractors of all sizes and in all trades. So, why not try our new Checkit Service?

P.P.S. And as a first step in getting to know us, why not come and take a look at all the resources on our web site or connect with me on LinkedIn or join our group of over 2,200 Specialist Contractors? We are a really friendly bunch.

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