chapter  Chapter 14
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Dispute resolution

ByCyril Chern

This chapter provides the fundamental knowledge and overview of how the idea of a project-specific dispute and/or claim resolution procedure is dealt with, including arbitration, mediation, and adjudication under the Housing Grants Reconstruction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts, with explanation of the process and procedures used in the UK. Also covered are the uses of Dispute Boards and the trend both in the UK and internationally for this particular form of adjudication. Included in the chapter is a thorough discussion of what a Dispute Board is and the philosophy and reasoning behind their creation, how they are used and in what circumstances. Where dispute boards fit into the scheme of alternate dispute resolution is discussed along with mention of the other forms, such as mediation, arbitration and court litigation.