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Adjudication is a specialist form of dispute resolution largely confined to construction and engineering disputes. It is a quick, straightforward and relatively informal way of resolving disputes that is binding on the parties until the decision is challenged in Court or in Arbitration.

Adjudication is provided for in construction contracts, either expressly or by implying the provisions of the Scheme for Construction Contracts. It often proceeds on a very tight timetable (decisions are usually required within 28 days of the initial referral).

This is an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution, but the tight timeframe requires parties to be organised and to have lawyers who understand the precise requirements of the procedure and are able to work to that timeframe.

For more information on the adjudication process, read our Back to Basics Refresher on Adjudications.

Fixed Fee Adjudication and Enforcement Service

We offer a Fixed Fee Adjudication and Enforcement Service to our clients, as the uncertainty of costs in adjudications can often deter clients from seeking this solution. Find out more about Hardwicke's Fixed Fee Adjudication and Enforcement Service. 


Paul Reed QC is an accredited adjudicator and his previous experience, both as Counsel and as an engineer, make him well suited to technical disputes.

David Pliener, Michael Wheater and Sarah McCann are also qualified adjudicators.

Advocates in Adjudication

Our Construction & Engineering barristers are experienced in and understand the pressures of adjudication.

We offer a high-quality service in all forms of adjudication, whether under the Scheme or under the usual standard form contracts.

We are able to put together teams of barristers at all levels at short notice to deal with adjudication matters and our barristers are also experienced in the enforcement of awards and challenges to adjudicators’ jurisdiction.

Hardwicke’s commitment to and experience in broader ADR also means that we can offer practitioners who are familiar with and comfortable in some of the developing forms of ADR such as AdjMed, which combines adjudication and mediation in an attempt to reach a binding settlement.

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact our Practice Management Team on +44 (0)20 7242 2523 or e-mail PracticeManagementTeam@hardwicke.co.uk.