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LATHAM REPORTS TO THE TRADE SECRETARY

Very recently Sir Michael Latham presented his first report to the Department of Trade and Industry. As might be expected there was not unanimity concerning the payment provisions but all seem to be agreed that 'pay when certified' clauses and their clones should be outlawed. On adjudication he comments that the Graham Watts report of the CIC identifies some problems and deserve a wider discussion. A short consultation period is suggested and it is hoped to get out the consultation document in the 'Autumn'!

NEW HONORARY SECRETARY

Harold Crowter, FRICS FCIArb FHKIArb FFB, was appointed Honorary Secretary of the Society at the Annual General Meeting in succession to Ian Salisbury, MA(Oxon) DiplArch RIBA FCIArb.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH ARBITRATION?

An address by John Uff, President, at a joint meeting of the Society and the Society of Construction Law at Kings College London.

REVIEW OF THE HGC&R ACT

A summary of the main issues to have emerged so far.

JOHN UFF ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR THREE YEARS

John Uff QC, Professor of Construction Law at Kings College, London was elected at the President of the Society for the next three years. Traditionally the Presidents have been drawn from a different profession in rotation - Architect, Engineer, Quantity Surveyor and Lawyer. Starting his professional life as an engineer, he very early in his career decided to become a barrister, and John Uff quickly rose throught the ranks to QC and bencher of Grays Inn. He is a leading arbitrator both at home in the UK and overseas.

NEW MEMBERS

The Society has welcomed the following new members in 2004:

PROPOSAL FOR A SUPPLEMENTARY ARBITRATION PROCEDURE

The Review Body has been asked by the Committee of the Society to draft a supplementary procedure to reflect the lessons of adjudication whilst allowing for a more detailed consideration of the evidence than is possible in 28 days. The principal initial suggestions include a time limit of perhaps three months, or 100 days, within which the Award must be produced which can only be amended by the agreement of both parties.

CIMAR GUIDANCE NOTES

The CIMAR Guidance Notes have been revised and updated and they include an appendix drafted by His Honour Judge Humphrey LLoyd QC on the subject of security for costs.

NEW MEMBERS

The Society has welcomed the following new members in 2002:

  • Arbitrator members: Cyril Churn, Charles Ellis, Tony Ensom, The Rt Hon The Lord David Hacking
  • Supporting members: Roger Button, David Loosemore
  • Overseas Member: Paul A Karrer

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