The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., has just published a Code of Practice governing the conduct of adjudications arising under the Construction Contracts Act, 2013.
The Construction Contracts Act, 2013 will apply to certain construction contracts entered into after the 25th July 2016. The purpose of the Act is to regulate payments under construction contracts and to provide for, inter alia, a new right to refer a payment dispute for adjudication.
The new Code of Practice sets out the detailed arrangements for the conduct of adjudications under the Act. All adjudicators operating under the Construction Contracts Act, 2013 will be required to adhere to the Code of Practice published by Minister Breen under section 9 of the Act.
Minister Breen said “I am pleased to be in a position to publish this Code of Practice which governs the conduct of adjudications arising from the Construction Contracts Act, 2013. As Minister for Employment and Small Business I am acutely aware of the difficulties businesses face in relation to costs and payments and this Code of Practice represents the final step in implementing this important legislation. I would like to thank the Chairperson of the Construction Contracts Adjudication Panel, Dr. Nael Bunni, and the stakeholder organisations for their valuable contributions to the preparation of the Code. My Department will now undertake a public information campaign to highlight the new statutory rights and obligations arising under the Act.”