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Dispute nomination statistics – a five-year view

The ‘Seventh annual Report of the Chairperson of the Construction Contracts Adjudication Panel, Mr Bernard Gogarty, to Mr. Neale Richmond T.D, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail’ has just been published. The first annual reports for the years of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 were for the two years immediately after the enactment of the […]

Construction adjudicator fees – Are they unreasonable?

At a recent Chartered Institute of Arbitrators conference titled ‘The Construction Contracts Act 2013 – 7 years on,’ held on 5 July 2023 in Dublin, there was extensive discussion about adjudicators fees. In some comments from the audience, it was suggested that fees charged by adjudicators in construction disputes are now at such a high […]

Dispute nomination statistics from the construction industry bodies

Through a combination of the data within the ‘Sixth Annual Report’ from the Construction Contracts Adjudication Service (CCAS) and the leading construction industry bodies, it is possible to gain an indication of dispute resolution activity in Ireland. Data from the CCAS, CIF, ciarb, SCSI, RIAI and EI confirms that in the last four years to […]

The Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – The early years 1981 – 1993

This year is the 40th anniversary year of the founding the Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). As a contribution to the marking of the anniversary I have just completed a book titled ‘The Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – The early years 1981 – 1993.’ The book was […]

Acting as an Adjudicator: 99 point checklist

I recently had the opportunity of re-reading ‘The Checklist Manifesto – How to get things right’ written by Atul Gawande back in 2009. I first read this remarkably simple and easy to read book about ten years ago when it was first published. Gawande argues that ‘The volume and complexity of what we know has […]

The changing profile of nomination in construction dispute resolution

The 25 July 2020 was the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Construction Contracts Act 2013, (CCA 2013) on 25 July 2016. The activity in adjudication nomination in the first two years under the new act was understandably low. 1 In the third year to 25 July 2019 and fourth year to 25 July […]

The Virus, Disputes and Challenge under the CCA 2013.

Could it be that the ‘macob moment’ for adjudication in Ireland is now close? Following ‘Back to Work’ day on the 18th May, Ireland is starting on the journey of living with the continuing presence of Covid-19, which is unlikely to go away any time soon. We now have to face the reality of a […]