The claimant applied for summary judgment to enforce a decision of an adjudicator. The contract between the parties was or incorporated the JCT Standard Form of Building Contract with Contractor’s Design 1998 Edition, incorporating amendments 1-5. The claimant was employed to construct a vehicle distribution centre to carry out various associated works. It was accepted that the contract between the parties was a construction contract to which the provisions of the Construction Act applied.

The claimant made 10 applications for interim payment. The claimant then submitted a draft final account identifying a total contract valuation substantially in excess of the original contract value. After a year’s correspondence the claimant submitted interim application No. 11 claiming a net sum of £1,303,704.95 and giving detailed explanations as to why and on what basis it was entitled to sums over and above the original contract price. The defendant responded some six weeks later stating that it had not had sufficient time to consider in detail the build up of variation costs. The defendant did not issue a payment notice.

The parties agreed to refer to an adjudicator the dispute which had arisen out of interim application no. 11. The adjudicator held that the interim application was a valid application under clause 30.3.1 of the contract and that the defendant had not responded with its own notice within seven days.

One of the jurisdictional challenges to the enforcement proceeding was that the adjudication notice referred to the ultimate entitlement under its final account as opposed to the amount due under the interim application. The defendant also alleged that the dispute had not crystallised prior to the reference to adjudication because no demand had been made for payment.

Enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision that the contractor’s interim application for payment for building a vehicle distribution centre was valid

The essential overall issue before the court was whether or not the adjudicator had jurisdiction to decide that given the absence of any timely clause 30.3.3 and/or 30.3.4 notices, the claimant was entitled to the net sum claimed in its interim application no. 11.