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Chairman's Notes

August, 2018
Tim Willis

The executive committee has been busy. We have a change of treasurer as our past treasurer, Tatyana Tall, changed her area of legal practise, leaving the world of construction. We wish Tatyana well with her new role. Martin Ewen of Fenwick Elliott has kindly offered to be our treasurer and has been co-opted to take over the role. 

The time for elections is also approaching. If you are interested in standing for election then please go to the website where you will find the details of the election process. We are keen for new people to join the committee or to assist with the regions, so please put your name forward  if you would like to help the Society in delivering its objectives. The closing date for nominations for ordinary members is 27 September 2018.

Apart from committee business, the discussion of initiatives to reduce the cost of adjudication and to address the need to introduce new adjudicators to adjudication has continued. As a result, the CIC, in the context of an ANB forum and as part of its own process, has set up a working group to draft a CIC Model Adjudication Procedure (MAP) for lower value adjudications. The group consists of a number of ANB’s and will be Chaired by Martin Burns of the RICS. I am the Adjudication Society representative on the group. The initiative which is a response to the broad demand from the industry and which has wide support amongst the ANB’s has the potential to address the issues of cost, new adjudicators and diversity in adjudication. If you have specific suggestions as to how these matters are best addressed or experience of how other jurisdictions have dealt with these challenges then please get in touch with me through the Society. 

I am looking forward to our conference in Bristol on 8 November 2018. We have been fortunate to secure some excellent speakers. Mrs Justice O’Farrell has very kindly offered to give the  keynote speech. The conference sub-committee has reported more on the conference programme in their section of the Newsletter. Before then we have a number of events to discuss the so called “death of “smash and grab” adjudications” but we are keen to address any area of the adjudication process. If you would like to suggest a topic or to host or give a talk do contact your regional convenor.

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