Adjudication, whether under the Construction Act or pursuant to the specific terms of a construction contract, has revolutionised dispute resolution on construction and engineering projects.
Disputes are determined by an adjudicator, who in most cases will be an experienced construction lawyer or an independent construction professional, with the adjudicator’s decision being final and binding providing it is not challenged by subsequent arbitration or litigation.
Crown Office Chambers’ construction team has extensive experience in the adjudication field. We are accustomed to the particular demands of the tight timescales involved and are able to provide assistance at short notice where required. Our members have experience of acting for parties during adjudications, advising in relation to the adjudication process and the enforceability of adjudication decisions, and acting in the TCC in enforcement proceedings. We have been involved in some of the leading decisions on adjudication, including the only case to have been heard in the Supreme Court (Aspect v Higgins  UKSC 38:  1WLR 2961) and a number of the leading cases be heard in the Court of Appeal (Harding v Paice & Springall  EWCA Civ 1231), (Rupert Morgan Building Services and David Jervis  EWCA Civ 1563).
We are involved in adjudications with values in dispute ranging from thousands of pounds up to multi-million pound disputes.
Crown Office Chambers’ construction team has extensive experience in the adjudication field, representing both referring and responding parties, and acting as the Adjudicator determining the dispute. Adjudication (whether you are the referring party or the responding party) can be a significant short term drain on our clients’ resources. We are well placed to assist in these circumstances, and have the expertise to add value to the process.
In recognition of this, we have extended our fixed price adjudication scheme (FPAS), designed to reduce and simplify costs in lower value disputes where parties may need urgent assistance but do not wish to incur significant (or uncertain) expense.
For Adjudications up to the value of £100,000 (excluding VAT), we will charge a fixed fee of £5,000 + VAT.
For Adjudications valued between £100,000 and £200,000 (excluding VAT), we will charge a fixed fee of £7,500 + VAT.
For adjudications over £200,000, we are happy to discuss a fixed price that reflects the sum in issue and the complexity of the dispute: please contact one of the scheme administrators to discuss your requirements.
Full details of the scheme are available to download.