Articles in the 2013/December Newsletter

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This edition of the newsletter, in keeping with the season of festive indulgence, brings you a number extra-large helpings of food for thought : we hope you will think of it in terms of being a delicate dispute resolution tasting menu of varied delights!

The Christmas Season is now upon us. The economy is improving so we hear, but as to whether the rumour will become reality we will have to wait and see.

The decision of Akenhead J in Parkwood Leisure Limited v Laing O’Rourke Wales & West Limited [2013] EWHC 2665 will be of particular interest to members of the Adjudication Society as it placed collateral warranties on the adjudication radar in the most unexpected way.

As Nicholas Gould has already observed elsewhere in this newsletter, at present adjudication is not available in the Middle East and as a result dispute boards have become popular on construction projects in the region.

Adjudication is now a dispute resolution process that most in the UK construction industry are familiar with. The process was introduced by the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, which became effective from May 1998. We have therefore lived with it for almost 15 years.

This is my fourth article on the basics of adjudication.