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Description - Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook by Dominique Rawley

Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook provides a user-friendly and practical guide to adjudication and payments under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and subsequent legislation. It provides a compendium of case law and materials which is invaluable to the construction industry, adjudicators, legal practitioners, and students. The book covers both the adjudication and payment provisions of the Act. It is set out in an accessible format dealing in turn with each of the major sections of the Act. It also covers how the courts approach challenges to enforcement of adjudication decisions. Alongside commentary from four expert authors, the book presents extracts from the leading cases, comprehensive tables, and insightful summaries of the relevant cases throughout. This title provides an indispensable review of the statutory framework and the judicial guidance and is an excellent resource for construction lawyers and industry professionals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199551590
ISBN-10: 0199551596
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 175mm x 33mm)
Pages: 592
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook by Dominique Rawley - Reviewed by (21 Aug 2013)

FOR PRACTITIONERS AND ADJUDICATORS IN THE TECHNOLOGY AND CONSTRUCTION COURT An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

If now or in the future you are involved either as a practitioner or adjudicator in helping clients resolve expensive construction disputes -- or avoid them altogether -- you need this Handbook.

Recently published by the Oxford University Press, the ‘Construction Adjudication and Payments Handbook’ provides the guidance you need to navigate your way through complex adjudication and payment issues under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and subsequent legislation, including the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act, extracts of which are noted in Appendix 1.

Writing in the Foreword, Akenhead J, Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court, points out that in the fifteen years since the 1996 legislation came into force, the courts have had to deal frequently with the enforceability of adjudicators’ decisions. ‘There is… virtually no part of the 1996 Act,’ he adds, ‘which has not been considered by the courts.’

The resulting reported cases thus accumulated are therefore brought together in this book, with each relevant topic discussed and supported by the appropriate reference to key cases, plus chronological tables and brief summaries of particular points of interest. What a time saver, especially when you need to be signposted in the direction of further topics for research, both on the Internet and in printed material!

Not only is this volume a useful guide to the adjudication process, it is also a tremendous help in the drafting of contracts. Considering the complexity of the material and the issues involved, the book should get full marks for its logical layout and general accessibility. There is both a table of contents and a detailed table of contents which certainly facilitates looking things up when you’re under pressure. Those involved in payment disputes will appreciate the in-depth examination of enforcement and enforceability, the core of the book in our view.

Written and compiled by four acknowledged experts whose experience and technical knowledge spans virtually all aspects of this field (including defence, energy and IT), the book also functions as a handy research resource. There are almost thirty pages of tables of cases and legislation, plus four appendices and a detailed index. Those involved in any aspect of adjudication within the construction industry, whether practitioners, adjudicators or students will find this book invaluable. The publication date is cited as at 2013.


Author Biography - Dominique Rawley

Dominique Rawley QC is a barrister at Atkin Chambers specializing in all areas of technology, construction, and engineering disputes. Having taken silk in 2012, she has extensive experience of advising on and preparing adjudications, and acting in enforcement proceedings. Merissa Martinez is qualified as a barrister in Australia, and as a Solicitor in England and Wales. She works in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Department at Trowers & Hamlins in London, which she joined in 2006 from Bechtel Ltd., the world's largest private construction and engineering firm. She specialises in adjudication and adjudication related advice and has also been recommended in the Legal 500 . Kate Williams is a dual qualified barrister and solicitor with fourteen years' experience in providing independent contentious and non-contentious construction advice in the UK and abroad. She spent the early part of her career at Linklaters and at Keating Chambers, before becoming in-house Counsel to Bechtel Ltd Peter Land is a barrister at Atkin Chambers, working across all areas of construction and engineering, as well as information technology dispute resolution and advisory work. Originally an engineer, prior to coming to the bar Peter gained 15 years experience across a broad range of industry sectors including power generation, construction, defence, oil and gas, financial and professional service.