Twenty-five years of adjudication

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Theresa Mohammed looks back on a quarter-century of construction adjudication – what’s changed, and has it achieved its aimed?

This year marks 25 years since the advent of statutory adjudication, taking construction disputes into a new, nimbler form of dispute resolution in an effort to free up cash flow and help projects move forward. In 1994, Sir Michael Latham wrote the joint government and industry report on the UK construction industry, Constructing the Team, known as the Latham report. Its 30 recommendations included that “adjudication should be the normal method of dispute resolution”. Latham also recommended adjudication should be “incorporated forthwith within the JCT family as a whole”. So, has that happened?

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