A new High Court practice direction, HC105, was published by the Courts Service today entitled “Applications Pursuant to Construction Contracts Act 2013”.
The practice direction provides for a designated sitting of the High Court for the hearing of applications for leave to enforce or enter judgment in respect of a decision of an adjudicator under section 6(11) of the Construction Contracts Act 2013. These applications will be heard by Mr. Justice Simons on the first available Wednesday morning.
This is a welcome development. It is likely to facilitate quicker access to the courts for parties seeking to enforce an adjudicator’s decision in a payment dispute arising under a construction contract. This should speed up payments under construction contracts in line with the aim of the 2013 Act.
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