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Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedure (ADR)

Is it common for construction disputes to be referred to ADR – such as adjudication, determination by an expert, mediation or conciliation? Is a form of ADR required by law, perhaps as a mandatory first step in the dispute resolution procedure?



Alternative Dispute Resolution is not mandatory by law (for disputes over 5,000 euros) and is therefore not commonly used in construction disputes, except for matters where determination by an expert is sought, whether appointed by the parties to an agreement or in accordance with a contractual clause or appointed by the court in the context of dispute resolution.