Adjudication, whether under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 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 binding upon the parties, save for rare occasions where the court declines to enforce the decision due to a procedural irregularity.
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 Witney Town Council v Beam Construction, Fileturn v Royal Garden Hotel, Geoffrey Osborne v Atkins Rail, Balfour Beatty v Serco, Rupert Morgan v Jervis, Parsons Plastics v Purac and Griffin & Tomlinson v Midas Homes. Further details of the cases in which members of chambers have been instructed can be found by clicking on the Related Cases link to the left.
A number of our members also act as adjudicators - click here for a full list.
We are involved in all values of adjudications, from thousands of pounds up to multi-million pound disputes.
Fixed Fee Adjudication Scheme
Recognising that adjudication (whether you are, or act for, the referring party or the responding party) can be a significant short term drain on our clients' resources, and that we have the expertise to add value to the process, we have decided to launch a scheme for adjudications up to a value of £100,000 for which a fixed fee of £5,000 plus VAT will be charged.
Full details of the scheme are available to download below. For any further information, please contact:
- Senior Team Clerk Chris Sunderland (Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7797 6227, Mobile: +44 (0)7872 383 775, ),
- Team Clerk Graham Smith (Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7797 8112, Mobile: +44 (0)7795 023 532, ) or
- Junior Team Clerk Christopher Kent (Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7797 6178)