New fast-track adjudication process for low-value disputes welcomed

Dr John Fletcher

THE CICV Forum has welcomed the launch of a new fast-track summary adjudication process for low-value disputes.

The process features a capped adjudicator’s fee and has been introduced at a time when many smaller contractors are struggling to access dispute resolution.

CICV Forum member the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is offering summary adjudication for claims below £20,000, for an initial limited period until the end of July.

Parties can apply for the nomination of a qualified adjudicator who will be able to deliver a summary decision, with outline reasons only, within 14 days of referral. There will be no inspection or site visit involved and the fee will be capped at £1,000 plus VAT.

Alan Wilson, chair of the CICV Forum and MD of SELECT said, “The Forum welcomes the initiative by the RICS to introduce a very fast adjudication process for low-value disputes with a very restricted adjudicator’s fee. The supply chain in Scotland will welcome this initiative.”

Dr John Fletcher, director of dispute resolution at RICS added, “RICS DRS is responding proactively to the current market and user feedback. As the largest adjudicator nominating body in the UK, we believe we should do what we can to provide much needed relief to the SMEs most badly affected. I am deeply grateful to the skilled adjudicators on the RICS President’s Panel who have volunteered to staff this service at the hugely reduced rates involved.”