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Adjudication faces reform

ADJUDICATION RULES as defined by the 1999 Construction Act, which allow the process to be called 'at any time', are set for reform, NCE can reveal.

The move follows a spate of 'ambush' claims filed just before Christmas, aimed at forcing defendants into a quick settlement, which led the Construction Industry Council to put 30 to 40 adjudicators on alert over the Christmas period (NCE 6 January).

The call to restrict the times when adjudication claims can be filed is likely to be among several recommendations from the construction industry to the forthcoming Government review of the legislation. The CIC has been asked by Construction Minister Beverley Hughes to lobby its members on what form they would like the review to take.

CIC chief executive Graham Watts said: 'We have written to our members, including the ICE, asking them what experiences they have had with the adjudication process so far, how it can be improved and how the process can be reviewed.'

He added: 'Our options are either to set up a taskforce to examine the issues and make recommendations, or to present a consultation document detailing the views of all CIC members.'

For more information call Sarah Radford at the CIC on (020) 7637 8692 or sradford@cic.org.uk

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