What is a Named subcontractor?

A Named subcontractor is effectively the same as a domestic subcontractor and is a subcontractor who contracts with the main contractor after being selected by him from a list of approved contractors named by the client, to carry out elements of the works. A named subcontractor is essentially employed by the main contractor and not the client, even though they were initially referred into the contract by the client.

Naming a subcontractor provides the client with more control to the selection of a subcontractor by the main contractor, while still leaving them with the element of choice and the responsibility of monitoring their performance.

This is seen as a better alternative to nominating sub-contractors, especially since some forms of contract such as the JCT no longer have the provision of nominated sub-contractors.

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