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Sorting the Act

The Construction Industry Council this week published its guide to the Construction Act. It is intended to help firms navigate their way through the adjudication process introduced by the new legislation.

The guide gives a complete breakdown of the adjudication procedure including standard forms of agreement, advice on how to select and pay an adjudicator, and where to get training to become an adjudicator.

The core of the document is a series of fact sheets on the fifteen Adjudicator Nominating Bodies - organisations offering approved adjudicators. The sheets give details about the organisations, their areas of expertise and what training and experience the approved adjudicators have. As an ANB itself, the CIC intends to hold an approved list of adjudicators drawn from its membership - it has around 130 at present - and to benchmark the other ANBs as use of the procedure grows.

Training and approval of adjudicators is seen by the CIC as key to the process, particularly as it expects there will be an initial rush to use the process.

Only around 400 adjudicators are so far included on the ANB lists. This compares to the 4,000 disputes anticipated in the next year.

A copy of the CIC's Model Adjudication Procedure published last month as the preferred alternative to the government's fall-back Scheme for Construction Contracts, is also included in the guide, as is its Model Agreement for Adjudicators. Reproductions of the Act and the fall-back scheme are also included.

Guide to construction adjudication, CIC, priced £50. Tel (0171) 637 8692.

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