The Government has announced that it has appointed Sir Michael Latham to review the workings of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 following representations from various trade bodies in the Industry. More details can be found on the DTI website. A number of members of the Society are on the Adjudication Panels of the bodies listed in the Press Announcement as having been contracted by Sir Michael. The consultation period is rumoured as being very short. Any member who wishes to make a contribuion may contact the Webmaster who will see that it is passed to the appropriate body.

28 March 2004

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. Harold Crowter took over as Secretary from Ian Salisbury, who had held the post for the previous three years.

March 2004

The Society has welcomed the following new members in 2004:

8 March 2003

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. It is also suggested that a limit be placed on recoverable costs at a percentage of the amount in dispute save where the parties agree that the matters involved are such that a higher limit is appropriate.

30 January 2003

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.

January 2003

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