A new method to settle low value disputes has been launched by the Construction Industry Council.
The Construction Industry Council’s Low Value Dispute Model Adjudication Procedure (CIC LVD MAP) is based around a simple process that can assist in disputes where claims are for £50,000 or lower.
Adjudication has needed reform for some time, after the industry highlighted growing concern of complexity in practice as well as unpoliced costs. Various construction groups such as the CIC, the Adjudication Society, CEDR, ICE and the RICS have informed and contributed to the LVD MAP, including chair Martin Burns, head of ADR Research and Development at the RICS.
The document given alongside the launch has also provided support to the adjudication process. The adjudicator’s fees will be clarified at the start of the claim and will link them to the value of the claim. The flexible approach to these smaller disputes will also be supported with a stage-by-stage timetable to ensure all aspects of the procedure are accounted for
As well as being created and maintained by steering groups and ten participating adjudicator nominating bodies (who justified procedure fees and expenses scales), the new procedure complies with the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 as amended by Part 8 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (the “Construction Act”).
Trident shall be looking into this as a possible tool to use during disputes in the future.