The key steps in the adjudication process

The following is a brief summary of the key steps of the adjudication process and the deadlines for each step.


  1. Dispute Crystallises
  2. The Referring Party issues a Notice of Adjudication. This sets out briefly:
    • the names and addresses of the Parties.
    • the nature and a brief description of the Dispute, and finally
    • the nature of the Redress being sought.
  3. An Adjudicator is appointed through a nominating body. The Adjudicator will, within a set timeline, confirm his appointment and thereafter, set his directions.
  4. The Referral Notice is served both on the Respondent and the Adjudicator.
    • The Referral Notice is to be served within 7 days of the Notice of Adjudication being served.
    • The Referral Notice will contain all the details, the arguments and the facts which the Referring Party will seek to rely upon, including the evidence.
  5. The Adjudicator will set out his timetable.
    • He will look to have a decision within the 28 days that are allocated.
    • However, the Referring Party may provide for an extension of 14 days to that timeline and thereafter, both parties may agree bilaterally that a further 14 days can be provided for.
  6. The Responding Party will seek to submit a Response to the Referral.
  7. There may be further submissions if required or as directed and provided for by the Adjudicator.
    • Such submissions are termed rejoinder and a surrejoinder.
  8. The Adjudicator will reach and issue his decision.