This year has marked the 20th anniversary of the construction adjudication process being introduced through the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (more commonly referred to as the Construction Act 1996). Over the course of the last two decades the process has been of critical value in ensuring losses – both of time and money – have been limited in the construction sector.
Whilst every possible pre-emptive measure is taken to avoid formal disputes with construction contracts it’s impossible to ensure that they never occur. One positive aspect of this is that all parties accept that this is the case. What this means from a practical perspective is that, no matter what unforeseen disagreements or disputes may arise, there is a common understanding that they must be resolved in an agreed and accepted way.
As construction adjudication is a compulsory requirement for all parties involved in the industry, being prepared for such an eventuality is critical to protecting your own business interests. Our expert services are carried out in a way that makes sure you have this preparation in place. Whether we are called on at a pre-contract stage with our dispute avoidance services or at the point when notice is required for adjudication we’ll carry out the work needed to ensure your submissions are correct and in order.
There are, as all of us in the industry are aware, incredible pressures on the building and construction sector to ensure delays to work are avoided as far as possible. Systems such as the construction adjudication process work to manage instances where delays are inevitable, allowing for a means to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Seeking a quick resolution should not, however, be interpreted as a requirement to either compromise or concede fault when you are not to blame for the dispute. As is the case with all of our services, when it comes to construction adjudication matters we work for you with your interest being our sole focus.