The parties had disputed payments for subcontracting work on a major project. The matter had been referred to arbitration, and the claimants now appealed refusal of leave to appeal the adjudicator’s award. Held: The dispute was complex and substantial. Nevertheless, the adjudicator ‘not only took the initiative in ascertaining the facts but also applied his … Continue reading Carillion Construction Ltd v Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd: CA 16 Nov 2005
In a building dispute, the arbitrator found that the parties had departed from the standard JCT terms, and declined to arbitrate. The parties said that when called upon to act he ‘shall’ do so. The adjudicator had misconstrued his powers. It was clear that there was a proper dispute requiring his decision, and he was … Continue reading Ballast Plc v The Burrell Company (Construction Management) Limited: SCS 21 Jun 2001
The claimants had been engaged to provide an asbestos survey. An arbitration claim had gone against them and they appealed. Akenhead J  EWHC 1322 (TCC),  WLR(D) 211 Bailii, WLRD Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 108(5), Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998 Cited by: Appeal from – Aspect Contracts … Continue reading Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: TCC 23 May 2013
The appeal succeeded. The Scheme implied that any overpayment could be recovered. . .
‘This application raises a short but important issue as to the propriety of a reference to adjudication pursuant to section 108 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (‘the 1996 Act’) of a dispute which, at the time of the reference, is already the subject of pending court proceedings. It is contended on … Continue reading Herschel Engineering Ltd v Breen Property Ltd: TCC 14 Apr 2000
The defendant had repudiated the building contract in 2002. The claimant now resisted a request for arbitration, saying the request was an abuse of process after such delay. Held: The defendant’s appeal succeeded. The Arbitration Act explicitly allowed a reference at any time, and there was nothing in the Act to indicate any restrictive interpretation … Continue reading Connex South Eastern Ltd v M J Building Services Group Plc: CA 1 Mar 2005
An adjudicator who acts under the Scheme upon the written submission of the parties and without any oral hearing was not able to consider making an order for payment of the award by installments where neither party had raised that issue in their written submissions. He was not required by the scheme to consider such … Continue reading Allied London and Scottish Properties Plc v Riverbrae Construction Ltd: OHCS 12 Nov 1999
When the decision of an adjudicator was challenged, the court should ask whether the adjudicator had either asked the right question but in the wrong way, or whether he had even answered the wrong question. The procedure was intended to provide a quick and summary disposal, but that procedure might not be appropriate in cases … Continue reading Bouygues (Uk) Ltd v Dahl-Jensen (Uk) Ltd (In Liquidation): CA 17 Aug 2000
Abridgement of time in Court proceedings to enforce decision of Adjudicator.
An adjudicator was appointed to decide a dispute pursuant to section 108 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. Before doing so he decided . .
Although an adjudicator’s decision would normally be binding on the parties pending an appeal, that was not the case where the mistake alleged was as to his jurisdiction. In such cases the decision was reviewable, and was ineffective as a decision . .
The court heard applications in adjudication enforcement proceedings between consultants and their employer, issues being raised about the extent to which the construction contract between the parties was in writing for the purposes of Section 107 . .