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There are various legal factors that have to be considered when it comes to adjudication in construction disputes. It is therefore advisable to make sure you have an experienced law firm on your side to ensure you are covered in every area. At Blackstone Solicitors, we are able to advise many different types of client, no matter the complexity of the circumstances surrounding adjudication.
For more information about how our team of construction solicitors can help you, contact us on 0161 929 0121 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.
How we can help
Construction adjudication is a formal, private and binding process where construction related disputes are resolved by decision made by an adjudicator. Adjudication is designed to be quicker and more straightforward than litigation and is considered to be less costly. We are here to help with the adjudication process concerning construction disputes of any size. Be it a single local plot or a site on a much larger scale, we will work with you to make sure everything goes to plan.
Friendly yet direct, our team is passionate about every case we take on, and we believe the entire process requires constant communication. We will, therefore, guide you through the technicalities involved, offering expert advice from start to finish.
Why legal help is important
Sometimes described as “pay now, argue later”, adjudication is a means by which cash flow can be maintained during construction projects. The construction adjudication process results in a binding, but not final decision. In practice, a construction adjudication award is often the final resolution of a construction dispute.
There are seven stages of the adjudication process. These are:
- Notice of Adjudication – A notice of intention to refer a dispute to adjudication is to be given by the referring party to the responding party. The notice can also be sent to the adjudicator nominating body (ANB). Once done, an appointment of an adjudicator is to take place within seven days.
- Nominating an adjudicator – Either party or the ANB can nominate a suitably qualified adjudicator.
- Referral – The referral is sent by the referring party to the responding party and the adjudicator.
- The response to referral – A response to referral is sent by the responding party to the referring party if this is stipulated by the adjudicator.
- Reply – A reply to the response is sent by the referring party to the responding party if this is stipulated by the adjudicator
- The decision – The decision by the adjudicator is given within 28 days of the adjudicator receiving the referral or, by the consent of the referring party, up to 14 days later.
- Enforcement of the decision – unfortunately the adjudicators decision is not always complied with as directed and enforcement via the courts can be necessary. However, this does tend to be quick and quite straightforward.
Our team prides itself on being able to meet every need of each of our clients. We are willing to go the extra mile when other firms are not, ensuring our clients are given the very best opportunity of getting the outcome they are after. Get in touch to see how our specialist team can help you with the adjudication process during your construction dispute.
Speaking to one of our solicitors is easy, simply call us on 0161 929 0121 or allow us to get in touch with you by filling in our online enquiry form. Our services are available to clients throughout the UK, including Manchester, London, Cheshire and Chester, as well as to those living abroad.