This legal process decided by an Adjudicator from evidence and arguments provided by opposing parties, has rapidly become the dispute resolution procedure of choice to construction industry clients.
Since the introduction of legalisation on 1st May 1998 in the form of the Construction Act (or the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 in full), construction disputes acquired a legal statutory right to resolution by adjudication with a few exceptions. The statute imposed an obligation that most construction contracts should provide an adjudication procedure and failing that a statutory procedure was provided, called ‘The Scheme’. The JCT has now adopted this statutory procedure in its latest contract editions for simplification of the process. New legislation introduced on 1st October 2011 has striven to improve the process. Briefly, the dispute is referred to an Adjudicator, usually selected by a nominating body, such as the RICS and this Adjudicator has normally 28 days to decide the dispute. VIP Consultancy have extensive experience and knowledge in this complex and specialist area and have well known and experienced Adjudicators to rely upon in the advocacy roles for which VIP Consultancy are renown. Many Adjudicators are Chartered Quantity Surveyors with legal qualifications and VIP Consultancy are therefore able to understand and provide significant benefits and experience to both procedural matters and construction knowledge.