Construction Adjudication Service

Nomination Process
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Tel: +44 (0)207 536 6060

IDRS Limited (IDRS) has authority to act as an Adjudicator Nominating body (ANB) under the auspices of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act, 1996 and the Local Democracy, Economic Development & Construction Act 2009  (the Acts). This means that IDRS can nominate an adjudicator from its Panel of Adjudicators  when a party to a construction contract issues a referral notice to adjudicate. It also means that IDRS can be named as the appointing authority in construction contracts.

Highlights of the IDRS Service

  • Free nomination service
  • Nomination within 2 working days
  • Experienced high quality adjudicators
  • Nomination service managed by experienced ADR Service Professionals
  • Option to appoint an adjudicator in collaboration with the responding party

Our Commitment
IDRS will endeavour to nominate the most appropriate available adjudicator on a case by case basis. We will not nominate adjudicators from a rota.

When you use IDRS as your ANB, you get a quick, efficient service. Clients choose IDRS to nominate neutrals based upon our wider reputation as ADR specialists, but also for the fact that we guarantee to nominate one of our well respected adjudicators within 2 working days of receipt of the referral (most other ANB's take up to five days) and we do not charge a nomination fee, instantly saving the parties up to £500.

The Panel
IDRS has one of the most impressive Panels of adjudicators on the market today. Our panel consists of 50 of the best-known and most respected adjudicators in the country, with the experience of thousands of construction adjudications, mediations and arbitrations between them.

Our adjudicators practice in a wide range of professions across the construction industry including:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Barristers
  • Building Surveyors
  • Chartered Builders
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Solicitors
  • Quantum Experts
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Queens Counsel

Membership of the IDRS Adjudicator Panel is strictly for highly skilled and experienced adjudicators and is by invitation only. The Panel is reviewed on an annual basis based on market demand and membership is limited to a two year period after which time adjudicators must re-apply.

A list of IDRS’s current Adjudicator Panel is available on request from our Practice Manager, John Munton. Email: .

The IDRS Construction Adjudication Service is administered by the IDRS Practice Manager John Munton. John has 20 years’ experience in construction industry dispute resolution and is the former Senior Clerk of Keating Chambers, the U.K.’s leading specialist construction law barristers Chambers.

John is always happy to discuss the process and share his experience with potential users of the IDRS Nomination Service.

Nomination Processes

Standard Nomination
Our standard nomination process takes two working days from receipt of the on-line referral form and a copy of the Adjudication Notice. IDRS will evaluate the information provided and nominate the most appropriate member of the Adjudication Panel having established their availability to act.

IDRS offers a unique collaborative approach to the nomination of Adjudicators. In the spirit of IDRS’s collaborative approach to dispute resolution the referring party may request that IDRS provide details of three suitable Adjudicators for the parties to consider.

How does it work?

  • IDRS will provide, to both parties, details of the three candidate adjudicators within 2 working days of application.
  • The parties may take up to 3 days to agree on a candidate.
  • If the parties have not agreed by close of business on the 5th day post Notice of Adjudication IDRS will nominate automatically.


Nomination Fee

IDRS do not charge a fee for nominations that result in the publication of an adjudicators decision, instantly saving the parties up to £500. However, should the adjudication settle or be discontinued prior to the publication of a decision, CEDR Solve would charge the referring party an administration fee of £125.00+VAT to cover our costs.

Adjudicator’s Fees
Every adjudication is different but the majority are handled by adjudicators who charge between £125 and £300 per hour. However, very high value or complex adjudications may require the services of adjudicators who charge considerably higher fees. IDRS can assist parties in making the right choice for their Referral.

The Adjudicators hourly rate for conducting the adjudication will be set by the adjudicator following nomination by IDRS. They will also provide the parties with details of their terms and conditions.

Refer your case to IDRS
If you would like more information or for IDRS to nominate an adjudicator for your dispute please contact us on +44 (0)20 7536 6060, e-mail or use the secure on-line referral form.


The Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act, 1996 and the Local Democracy, Economic Development & Construction Act 2009  (the Acts) were developed to allow for construction contract disputes to be resolved on an interim basis more quickly and cost effectively than resolution through arbitration or litigation. In usual circumstances, adjudicators have to render their decision within 28 days from appointment.

The adjudicator's decision is binding unless or until the dispute is finally determined by court proceedings, arbitration or by agreement of the parties via negotiation or mediation. Its objective is to provide a fast working solution to an issue (pending the outcome of, or without the need for, a more formal dispute resolution procedure) so that parties can quickly resume or continue work under the contract.

Applying to IDRS for the nomination of an adjudicator

When applying for the nomination of an adjudicator under “The Scheme for Construction Contracts” (the Scheme) please note the following points in relation to the time restrictions laid down by the Scheme Regulations relating to the referral notice:

1. The referring party must notify the responding party with the Notice of Adjudication in accordance with the Regulations;
i. Any party to a construction contract (the “referring party”) may give written notice of their intention to refer any dispute arising under the contract to adjudication (the “Notice of Adjudication”), hereafter “the Notice”.
ii. The Notice shall be given to every party to the contract.
iii. The Notice shall set out briefly –
a) The nature and a brief description of the dispute and of parties involved.
b) Details of where and when the dispute has arisen.
c) The nature of the redress which is sought, and
d) The names and addresses of the parties to the contract (including, where appropriate, the addresses which the parties have specified for the giving of notices).
2. A copy of the Notice must be attached to the application form or emailed to at time of application.
3. Where an adjudicator has been selected in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2, the referring party shall, not later than seven days of the Notice of Adjudication, refer the dispute in writing (the ‘referral Notice’) to the adjudicator.
4. If any additional information or assistance is required please contact our Practice Manager, John Munton.


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