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TeCSA Annual Adjudication Conference - 15 November 2018

Venue:  Pinsent Masons LLP, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES

Time:  9.30am - 4.00pm

Keynote Speaker:  Sir Rupert Jackson

Please see the FLYER for further details.

TeCSA Annual Dinner - 15th November 2018

Venue:  One Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2EJ

Date | Time:  15 November 2018 | Drinks Reception 6:30pm | Dinner 7:30pm

Dress Code:  Black Tie

TeCSA revises Adjudication Service

The Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA) has made some important revisions to its Adjudication Service.

The overriding objective of the TeCSA Adjudication Service is to promote high quality dispute resolution processes to the construction, engineering and technology industries.

In order to meet this objective, the TeCSA Adjudication Service has reviewed and updated its Service, Rules and Nomination processes.

The rationale behind making these updates is to address the following two main areas that have been the subject of indirect judicial interest in recent years:

1.      The need for still greater transparency in the adjudicator appointment process; and 

2.      Conflicts of interest and apparent bias.

The updated Service, Rules and Nomination forms will be live and effective from 21 March 2018 and can be found on the TeCSA website (

Will Gard, TeCSA Chairman and head of the Construction and Engineering team at Burges Salmon LLP, says: “These changes have been made to conntinue to improve the quality of TeCSA’s Adjudication Service and meet its objective of being best in class in this important area of TeCSA’s business.  The use of the Service continues to grow and TeCSA looks forward to continuing to offer a highly effective Adjudication service across a wide range of key industry sectors.”

TeCSA is the leading organisation for solicitors practising construction and information technology law in England and Wales.

Update to the TeCSA Adjudication Service

Dear TeCSA Adjudicator and Members

As most of you who attended the Adjudication Conference in November 2017 may recall, TeCSA proposed to update and revise:

  • The Adjudication Service Document
  • The Adjudication Rules
  • The Adjudicator Nomination process

The rationale being to address two main areas which had been the subject of indirect judicial interest over the last couple of years:

1.  Conflicts of interest and apparent bias;

2.  The need for still greater transparency / clarity in adjudication appointments

In addition, TeCSA proposed:

  • Increase fees for nominations and daily maxima for Adjudicator fees (which it will still do)
  • Revise the grievance procedure for adjudicators (which it will still do)

The changes were to include (1) a requirement for the referring party to declare all adjudicators with potential interests on the nomination form; (2) an option for the referring party to identify those individuals it considers are not suitable to act; and (3) add a requirement for the nominated adjudicator to give an updated undertaking and make a declaration as to conflicts of interests or other involvements, relationships or interests.

On account of the extensive positive feedback at the Conference and correspondence subsequently, to the effect the current arrangements work well, are respected and in the vernacular 'if it aint' broke, don't fix it', TeCSA's Adjudication Sub-Committee has decided that the review and revisions will be far less ambitious.  We aim to have a revision out to you all in February 2018. 

Watch this space.

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