Member firms have identified numerous concerns with the many forms of non-standard agreements that are prevalent. This week’s issue is Disclosure of Legal Claims.
Sometimes agreements also seek to have a consultant disclose any past or ongoing legal action that the firm may be involved in. As noted previously for insurance claims, from a consultant’s perspective, this is an unjustified intrusion on business practices, and may conflict with confidentiality provisions.
Members should feel free to bring their concerns to ACEC-BC by emailing email@example.com an example of the onerous clause in question, describe its impact on engineering firms and provide a recommendation for action. Where you may not have any recommendations, ACEC-BC will consult with the Business Practices Committee and others to develop a response to the client over ACEC-BC letterhead.
For more information on contract language visit www.acec-bc.ca/resources/contract-language/
The Board of Directors of ACEC-BC has identified unfair contracts and onerous clauses as serious problems facing the consulting engineering community. Over the coming months, “Contract Corner” will provide some ideas and guidance on these issues.