Scott Schedules in construction disputes
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The following Construction practice note produced in partnership with James Bowling of 4 Pump Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Scott Schedules in construction disputes
  • Example delay schedule
  • Example defects schedule
  • Practical points

Scott Schedules in construction disputes

Scott Schedules are often very useful in construction disputes. They help to identify the key issues between the parties, and to set out for the judge in a single document a summary of the parties’ rival cases on an item-by-item basis.

The need for a Scott Schedule in construction cases arises because the parties’ disputes are often factually very complex. It can be confusing and time-consuming to move back and forth between the parties’ rival (and often very long) statements of case in order to compare what each of them says about a particular item. A Scott Schedule is designed to provide a single-source document setting out the rival cases.

Scott Schedules are typically used to compare the parties’ respective positions in:

  1. defects cases

  2. final account/valuation disputes

  3. delay claims

Scott Schedules derive their name from one of the early Official Referees sitting in what is now the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).

Example delay schedule

No.Event relied on Delay experienced DelayDefendant’s responseJudge’s comments
1Lack of access to the site Until relevant licences were provided by the Defendant, the Claimant could not start workTwo weeks Licences were the Claimant’s responsibility under clause XX of the building contract

Example defects schedule

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