The RIBA has been publishing term documents since 1872. Relatively recent editions were published in 1999, 2007, 2010 (revised in 2012) and in 2015, when RIBA released a supplement to meet the requirements of the 2015 CDM regulations. The new RIBA Professional Services Contracts (PSCs) represent a welcome change in scope, format and layout, with some major adjustments to conditions and services. As can be seen, although the sequel purports to attribute risks in a fair and balanced manner, the changes we are discussing above tend to favour the architect and reinforce the perception that RIBA agreements are favourable to advisors. As a result, this may discourage developers or commercial customers from choosing RIBA 2010 agreements in favour of a custom date, an alternative standard form or a heavily modified RIBA agreement. The recent RIBA 2010 agreements are a tailor-made contractual suite, adapted to the appointment of an architect. The suite attempts to obtain a fair and balanced position between the architect and the client and is recognized as a standard industrial document. Like the 2007 agreements, the 2010 suite consists of appointments for “architect” and “advisor” and is offered in the form of “Standard,” “Concise” and “Domestic.” A sub-council agreement is also available. The 2010 riba agreements are now shorter and easier to use appointments, while maintaining the flexibility and clarity that the 2007 agreements wanted to offer. Indeed, RIBA accepted the proposal to consolidate project data, services and pricing and fee plans in a document, a further improvement over the previous edition. The riba Professional Services Contracts suite is reviewed and expanded, and a number of new contracts are being developed. These include an interior designer PSC, published in collaboration with the British Institute of Interior Design; A Design – Build PSC; A PSC customer advisor A PSC planning consultant A PSC information manager and contracts covering conservation projects and the provision of post-occupancy assessment services.
RIBA intends to publish at least some of them next year. Given the increasing complexity of many construction projects, it is increasingly common for a project consultant to appoint consultants who take on some or all of the work they have worked for. Client advisors can be referred to as “consultant bonuses,” while the advisors they have appointed are generally referred to as “sub-advisors.” This is similar to the relationship between customers, contractors and subcontractors. If you build your online professional service contract, you can create, modify, manage and display all your contracts in a secure location before you print the final contract. For more information, see: www.ribacontracts.com. Despite these reasonable reasons, there is evidence that some architects still work without writing or with very limited and insufficient work. Cases such as Freeborn/Marcal (2019), in which the judgment emphasized the importance of an architect who defines a clear and complete appointment to define a defined mandate and, more generally, the keeping of accurate and simultaneous recordings, may be an extreme example, but anecdotal evidence shows that many architects are reluctant to present “formal” documents to their clients before starting work.