UK: Supreme Court clarifies time limits for court proceedings following adjudication

We previously reported (here) on the Court of Appeal’s decision in Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc, considering an important issue regarding the limitation periods applying in a situation where a party makes a payment pursuant to an adjudication decision and subsequently seeks to recover that payment through court proceedings. That decision was subsequently appealed and the … Read more

Judicial support for dispute adjudication boards

Three separate court decisions in different jurisdictions in recent months have given support to dispute adjudication boards (DABs) as a form of dispute resolution and, more generally, the enforcability of contractual dispute resolution clauses. DABs, which often comprise a panel of three members, provide a decision on a dispute which is binding pending any subsequent determination by a court or arbitral … Read more

UK: Adjudicator’s decision not enforced due to a party’s misrepresentations in the appointment process

In a landmark decision, the Technology and Construction Court has refused to enforce an adjudicator's decision because the adjudicator had been invalidly appointed, due to misrepresentation by one party on its application to the appointing body.  The decision is a clear warning to parties that objections to adjudicators must be made honestly and not for ulterior motives:  Eurocom Ltd v … Read more

ADR Practical Guide No.1 : Common ADR processes – a snapshot

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the first in our series of ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide practical insights into various processes falling under the banner of ADR, with a particular focus on mediation. The first guide provides a snapshot of some of the more commonly used ADR processes, highlighting the main advantages and disadvantages of each.  The processes … Read more

UK: TCC decision underlines the importance of dispute resolution provisions being clearly incorporated in contractual documentation

The Technology and Construction Court has recently granted an injunction restraining an adjudication from proceeding, on the basis of a finding that the contractual provision relied upon to appoint the adjudicator did not in fact form part of the contract that governed the parties’ dealings.  As an adjudicator’s jurisdiction is rooted in the parties’ agreement, the … Read more

UK: Court of Appeal clarifies time limits for claiming repayment in adjudication

A recent Court of Appeal decision has clarified an important issue regarding the situation where a party makes a payment pursuant to an adjudication decision and subsequently seeks to recover that payment through court proceedings.   Under the relevant statute of limitations, any such court proceedings must be brought within a specified time (generally 6 years) from the date the … Read more