Adjudication is a simple and efficient method of resolving disputes. An adjudicator is an expert who decides a dispute using specialist expertise.
An adjudicator will base their decisions on the results of their own personal investigations; this is likely to include an inspection of the works. An adjudicator will consider matters brought to their attention by the parties, but they are not bound by them and will come to their own decisions.
The objective of the adjudication procedure is to resolve the dispute within 28 days from the day an application for the appointment of an adjudicator is received.
Most forms of construction contract, particularly standard form contracts, provide for adjudication. If a construction contract does not provide for adjudication, then Section 108, Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the Act) gives any party to a construction contract a statutory right to have a dispute decided by an adjudicator.
RICS is an Adjudicator Nominating Body (ANB). RICS may be named in a contract as the nominator of an adjudicator. Alternatively, the referring party may unilaterally decide to apply to RICS to nominate an adjudicator in the absence (or unavailability) of any particular nominator or ANB being named in the contract.
We will nominate an adjudicator within five days of receiving the application (including weekends but excluding bank holidays).
To apply for the appointment of an adjudicator in a Construction Adjudication matter, please complete and return the DRS2C Construction Adjudication application form. There is an application fee of £425 inclusive of VAT for RICS DRS to nominate an adjudicator.
We are able to appoint adjudicators in connection with the JCT Building Contract for home owner/occupier(s). We will appoint an adjudicator who is an expert able to make a decision on the dispute using specialist expertise.
Once we receive your application, we will normally appoint an adjudicator within seven days (including weekends but excluding bank holidays). Once we have appointed an adjudicator, they will reach their decision with 21 days (including weekends but not bank holidays). In many cases, the adjudicator will make the decision sooner, particularly if the dispute is straightforward.
To apply for the appointment of an adjudicator in a Homeowner Adjudication matter, please complete and return the DRS2HA Homeowner Adjudication application form.