Most players in the engineering space are familiar with standard form contracts (SFC), whether they are the local Australian Standard versions or the international FIDIC suite of contracts.

Most players also know that these contracts are skewed in favour of the upstream entity, often to the detriment of the downstream contractor/subcontractor. However, notwithstanding that life itself is neither balanced nor fair, the parties to a standard form contract always have the choice of not accepting the terms and…