Dr. Nael G. Bunni to be appointed as Chairperson of the Panel of Adjudicators under the Construction Contracts Act, 2013

This afternoon the Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD, has announced his intention to appoint Dr. Nael G. Bunni as Chairperson of the Ministerial Panel of Adjudicators to be appointed under the Construction Contracts Act, 2013.

Dr. Bunni has extensive knowledge and wide ranging experience of dispute resolution in the Construction Industry both in Ireland and internationally.

Minister Nash said: “I am very pleased that Dr. Bunni has agreed to accept the role of Chairperson of the Panel of Adjudicators. He has a proven track record of dispute resolution at the highest level in the Construction Industry and he has the right skills and the essential knowledge to chair the panel of adjudicators that I will appoint following an open competitive process to be run by the Public Appointments Service, which will commence at the earliest opportunity following his appointment.”

Dr. Bunni said: “I would like to thank Minister Nash for selecting me to be the Chairperson of the Panel of Adjudicators and I look forward to working with Minister Nash to implement the Construction Contracts Act, 2013 for the benefit of all stakeholders in the Construction Industry.”

The Government approved the delegation of responsibility for implementation of the Construction Contracts Act, 2013 to the Minister for Business and Employment last November and work is continuing on the preparations for the full implementation of the Act as soon as possible.

The Construction Contracts Act, 2013 provides, subject to some exceptions, new minimum contractual provisions concerning payment arrangements between the parties to a construction contract. Where payment disputes do arise between the parties to a construction contract, either party will have the right to refer the payment dispute to adjudication, which will be concluded within a set timeframe. Where the parties cannot agree on an adjudicator, the Chairperson of the Ministerial Panel of Adjudicators will appoint an adjudicator from the Panel to the dispute.