Dispute boards were first introduced almost 20 years ago. Since then close to $100 billion US dollars worldwide has been spent on construction projects that have used dispute boards. Of these, 98% were constructed without any court battles and of the remaining 2%, the dispute board decisions were upheld by either arbitration and/or the court: a truly impressive record. Yet very little is known about what dispute boards are and how they operate.
This book provides the knowledge necessary for those actively involved in dispute board work as well as for those who need to learn the process. Important features of the book include:
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This book provides a detailed, practical explanation as to how dispute boards work in construction contracts. Traditional methods of dispute resolution focus on resolving a dispute once it has arisen. In the case of a dispute board, a panel of impartial members is appointed at the outset of the contract with the aim of monitoring its progress, resolving disputes as they arise and providing a forum for discussing difficult matters.Dispute boards are now mandatory in all FIDIC and World Bank contracts, as well as for other development bank funding of infrastructure projects worldwide. They also form part of the ICC contract and are expected to be used on projects relating to the UK Olympic Games.This book will examine the following:How a dispute board worksInsider knowledge of board operationsKey documents to run a dispute boardThe law (worldwide) on the subjectForms of practice and procedureSample documentsIn depth analysis of dispute boards law and practiceAbout the Author:
Cyril Chern BArch, Juris Doctor, RIBA, AIA, FCIArb is a practising barrister with experience in heavy construction and engineering disputes worldwide. He is a Chartered Architect, a Chartered Arbitrator, accredited mediator and adjudicator and has served on over fifty dispute boards.
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