The introduction of innovation provisions is one of the key changes to the RIBA PSC standard. These relate to situations in which an architect switches from the original client to a new client. This normally applies to a contractor in a design and construction context, but can also apply if it is transferred to another client as a new developer. The clauses would be relevant whether the innovation was anticipated at the time of the appointment or emerged later. There is no obligation to accept innovation, but if the treaty moves forward, the treaty defines the terms of the innovation agreement. These accurately reflect the terms of the Construction Council (CIC) agreement referred to by the RIBA PSC (it also refers to CIC comparison guarantees). For the first time, architects have a fully coordinated suite of appointment clauses, innovation agreements and guarantees to deal with this situation. The CIC itself makes a few other recommendations  regarding the conditions of innovation proposed by a consultant:- The new 2020 edition of the RIBA Standard Professional Services Contract has been updated to comply with the revised riba work plan. We also took the opportunity to review and revise some of the standard clauses, following feedback from contract users and construction lawyers, to make them clearer and more understandable.
In addition, we have made the following changes: It is important to regularly check standard dates to ensure that they meet current legal requirements and reflect the economic context and customer expectations. For domestic customers, new consumer protection laws have introduced requirements that must be reflected in reference dates. For example, consumer contracts (information, erasure and additional information) regulations 2013 require the customer to receive a retraction form, and the Consumer Rights Act 2015, as well as the revocation of unfair clauses in the 1999 consumer regulations, has redefined what could be considered an “unfair clause.” Commercial customers are increasingly considering tailored conditions and ensuring that RIBA CSRs reflect an economically acceptable risk balance will help minimize this situation.