I have just completed my first foray into the Adjudication process in Ireland.
I, today, managed to settle a dispute for a client, a main contractor with their client. We had commenced the adjudication process under the Construction Contracts Act and for the first time in Ireland, we applied to and had an adjudicator appointed from the Minister's panel.
The Responding party had buried their head in the sand and refused to engage on the dispute for over 10 months. Adjudication provided the necessary tool to bring the other side to the table and to find a resolution. The duration of time from my application to the minister's panel for an adjudicator appointment to the actual receipt of disputed funds into my client's bank account was 15 days in total. A very welcome change from the past in this regard.
The system is far from perfect but it certainly worked in this instance as the alternative litigation route (no arbitration agreement) would have taken many years and involved substantial legal costs. With adjudication I was in a position to manage the entire process directly for my Client and produce all the necessary notices, reports and submissions that were required. The speed of the process provided a real benefit to the parties in terms of dealing with issues and simply finding a way of moving on. I look forward to assisting more clients through this process (and of course where possible in avoiding the necessity to go down this route)
Please do not hesitate to contact for further information or for assistance with getting disputed payments on construction contracts dealt with.
My next seminar on the Payment Process under the Act is on the 8th December in the Red Cow hotel.
Full details on the half day seminar available by clicking the below.....