Changes to the Construction Contracts Act

The new Construction Act, enacted in July 2013, has changed the way in which construction disputes are handled. It is now possible to demand adjudication in construction disputes, a fast and cost-effective method of resolution.

Construction Act Changes

Construction act changes

To find out more about construction act changes, and adjudication in construction disputes, contact us today.

There are two main changes to the construction contracts act:

  1. The introduction of statutory requirements regarding payments
  2. Providing adjudication for the resolution of payment disputes

Enforcing legal requirements regarding payments should help to prevent payment disputes. Yet if a payment dispute does arise, it is now possible to settle the matter through adjudication, rather than the more costly and time-consuming alternatives of arbitration and litigation.

Adjudication construction contracts

The Construction Contracts Act 2013 now enables adjudication in construction disputes. But what is adjudication in construction?

Adjudication is when an independent adjudicator decides how to resolve your dispute. Any party involved in the argument can put in a demand for adjudication, and this can be done at any point during the dispute.

Under the Act, an adjudicator must be appointed within five days, and he/she is legally obliged to provide an Adjudication Award within 28 days of papers being referred. The decision made by the adjudicator is legally binding, unless it is later overturned in court or during arbitration.

Adjudication in construction contracts – speak to a solicitor

If you are currently in the midst of a construction dispute, get in touch with us at Gibson & Associates. We have significant experience in construction disputes and will help you resolve the issue in a cost-effective manner.

Every case is different, but normally we suggest trying to settle the dispute through conciliation. If this is not possible, we will explore the various other options available. Previously this would have involved arbitration and litigation. However, the introduction of the new Act means that we can now offer our clients the option of adjudication. This gives you the opportunity to access redress without the delays and costs commonly associated with arbitration and litigation.

Construction act adjudication

For more information on adjudication in construction contracts, contact us today. We operate extensively in the field of construction disputes, utilising barristers and others with wide experience of construction matters in Ireland.

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