Adjudication


Adjudication began life as a binding but interim way to resolve a single dispute arising under a contract in a matter of weeks.

The concept was that a final determination (often of many such disputes) could be made at court on a later date.

The adjudication process is now a legitimate alternative to court with entire disputes (such as final accounts) being taken and the majority of decisions never being escalated to court (save for enforcement).

The process requires a particular skill set. Not only do you have to prepare your entire pleaded case, you must prepare all of your documents, your witness evidence and expert input for submission in a matter of days. You then get even fewer days to respond to your opponent’s case.

Whilst the process used to be bogged down by jurisdictional challenges, timetabling issues, etc. (often designed to say that the dispute simply cannot be addressed in the time available), much of this has been done away with by the courts. But you still need someone in your corner who can address these issues head on to keep the process running.

We can entirely manage your paperwork and prepare your arguments to express them as clearly and as persuasively as possible. We can deal with all of the administrative issues that arise in keeping an adjudication on course.

If you receive a decision in your favour, we can then manage the enforcement of that decision, be that enforcement at court or even petitioning to render your opponent insolvent, should they not pay. 

If we can assist you in any way, or if you simply want to discuss the needs of your construction and engineering project, we would be delighted to meet with you either in our office or at your office to discuss your issues. Please contact us at any time.