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ACA publishes updated standard form of agreement

The Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) has published a new edition of its Standard Form of Agreement (SFA)

The ‘convenient single booklet’ includes recent changes to consumer law, namely The Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Service Regulations 2009.

Meanwhile the RIBA has said it intends to publish its revised SFA next month. The institute’s previous document came in for heavy criticism and was attacked for potentially allowing clients to delay paying architects on ‘potentially spurious’ grounds.

The ACA, one of the forms’ chief critics, have helped with the drafting of the institute’s form.

Meanwhile the association claims its own SFA is the ‘only standard form’ to include an optional, tear-out collateral warranty and a model letter to clients explaining when the fee is contingent on a future event such as the grant of a planning permission.

ACA President Brian Waters said: ‘The availability of a concise but reliable form of agreement for architects and their clients is more important than ever in these difficult times. ACA/SFA has proved popular and continues to fill an essential need.’

Model letters for use with ACA/SFA can be downloaded free from as can a sample marked-up copy to illustrate its use.

The ACA/SFA can be purchased from, and

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