I wish to dispute your news story on the Mott MacDonald and London & Regional Properties case (NCE 7 June 2007).
The article gives the wrong impression to construction consultants that adjudication is not appropriate because costs are disproportionate to the claim. This is not always so.
Every case must be considered on an individual basis on the cost-effectiveness of a specic route of dispute resolution.
There will be many cases where adjudication will be the best and most cost-effective solution.
The article also states that if parties do not pay the adjudicator on time, they lose their right to claim. Again, not so.
The article indicates that the failing was on the part of the parties for not paying. In fact the criticism was levied at the adjudicator for not following the statutory provisions.
Richard Swan, Trett Consulting, richard.swan@trett. com