Construction adjudication is a very fast and cost effective way of settling construction disputes. The adjudicator must make a decision within 28 days unless the parties agree otherwise. A party may refer a single issue to the adjudicator and this may prevent the responding party from relying on a valid counterclaim.
Adjudicators’ decisions can be enforced, if they are not paid, by a swift summary judgment procedure in the Technology and Construction Court. Although an adjudicator’s decision is temporarily binding it must be paid and the losing party can commence arbitration or court proceedings on the same issue but they rarely do. In practice the losing party often accepts the adjudication decision and does not litigate or arbitrate. Adjudication is an essential tool for all construction professionals.
Where we assess a payment claim to have become due as a notified sum we offer a comprehensive and cost effective recovery service including adjudication, if necessary, for the fixed and contingent prices set out here.