This article is all about the The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act which introduced the right to Adjudication to the construction industry.
We support legal representation in more complex cases but we want to encourage especially smaller companies to feel more confident fighting for their contractual rights.
The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (also referred to as the Construction Act) is a piece of legislation introduced in 1996.
The intention of the act was to ensure payments from Clients to main contractors and from main contractors to subcontractors are made fairly and that any issues are resolved efficiently.
It applies to all contracts for works defined as ‘construction operations’. This includes construction works as well as contracts with consultants.
The introduces several new statutory rights including:
In 2009 The Scheme for Construction Contracts was introduced. Like the later 2011 Amendments to the Act (see below) this scheme is an attempt to close down some loopholes to the act that appeared over the preceding decade.
Some notable changes include: