It is an unfortunate fact that in a small number of construction contracts, disputes arise. In order to help to avoid litigation (as promoted by government and by the courts), the RIBA offers a number of alternative dispute resolution processes to the disputing parties.
The document below outlines some of the options that may be available to parties in dispute, whether that be architects and their clients, or parties to a construction contract.
Please see the links on the left-hand side of the page for more detailed information on the processes.
Christmas closure 2013
Please note that the RIBA's Dispute Resolution Office will be closed over the Christmas holidays and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014. The deadline for submitting an application for alternative dispute resolution is 5pm on Friday 20 December 2013.