407. Statutory adjudication.

The high cost and perceived delay in the resolution of court and arbitral proceedings has led to the adoption of other means of dispute resolution in the construction industry. These include mediation, expert determination and other methods of alternative dispute resolution1.

Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 19962 introduced a statutory right of adjudication. A party to a construction contract3 has the right to refer a dispute arising under the contract to adjudication4, and provision must be made in the contract to comply with the statutory requirements as to the adjudication procedure