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AbstractProvisions of JCT standard form on variations, including variations allowed, challenging variations and general scheme for valuation of variations, giving guidance on practical implications and how to deal with potential pitfalls.
CitationConstruction Law Journal, 18(4): 310-333
PublisherSweet & Maxwell
JournalConstruction Law Journal
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